A doctor who was almost murdered by a man she met on Tinder has released images of her injuries.
Dr. Angela Jay, 29, has revealed the extent of her wounds that were taken a few days after she was attacked by her ex-boyfriend, Paul Lambert, in a Facebook post.
The images show the huge bruises and stitches the doctor needed to place in her after she was stabbed 11 times and doused with petrol.
“These photos were taken days after I was almost murdered. It is with courage I share them with you–looking at them still shakes me to the core and reminds me of the darkest time in my life,” she wrote.
The 28-year-old shared the post as she prepares to hike the Kokoda Track in April to raise funds for White Ribbon, an organization that campaigns against violence against women and girls.
“It will be (by far) my most physically challenging adventure yet… Then I remember that my legs can do ANYTHING!” she said.
She added, “Despite 11 stab wounds and losing a huge amount of blood, they found the strength to lift me off the ground and RUN! They carried me to freedom… they gave me my life… they gave me a second chance.”
The doctor is now committed to speaking out about her horrific injuries sustained during the November 2016 attack, to raise awareness and encourage others to speak out too.
The 28-year-old had arrived back from work to her home in Port Macquarie when she discovered that Lambert had broken into her home, the Daily Telegraph reported. She managed to run to a neighbour’s house and tell him what to do to stop the bleeding from her multiple stab wounds.
“I put pressure on my leg using my hand, all the time thinking, ‘I need to get out of here.’ He caught me again and started pouring petrol over me, there was terror now and that gave me extra strength to run,” she told the newspaper following the horrific attack.
She was rushed to Port Macquarie Base Hospital in serious condition.
Police shot dead Lambert, 36, on the Pacific Highway following his brutal attack during a standoff.
Even when there are physical scars to see, it's the scars you can't that hurt the most. A year ago today my life changed forever. I narrowly escaped murder, and a part of me definitely died that day. I think about the terror I felt every day… Sometimes it's a brief thought when my scars ache or burn, and other days the memory incessantly haunts me. I'm so thankful to be here today, and even more grateful to my family, friends and colleagues who have supported me over the last year, and continue to give me strength as I struggle along ? #survivor #lifeaftertrauma #ptsdrecovery #breakthesilence @whiteribbonaust
“I will walk for those that no longer can, and I will be the voice for those who have yet to find theirs,” Jay wrote on her trek4respect page.
She will be trekking the nearly 60-mile trail in Papua New Guinea in the footsteps of Australia’s fallen World War II soldiers in April.