Watch the video of Jacqui Saburido appears in PSA about drunk driving
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WARNING: Disturbing Images
The woman, who was the victim of the drunk driving car crash in Texas in 1999, has passed away at 40 following a battle with cancer in Guatemala City.
Jacqui Saburido became the face of anti-drunk driving campaigns after she survived the deadly crash in 1999 that left her with third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body.
On September 19, 1999, a drunk 18-year-old named Reggie Stephey hit Jacqui’s car when she was returning from a party with friends.
Jacqui’s two friends, who were also there in the car, died instantly. But, Jacqui survived.
She was just 20 at the time. She underwent over 100 operations after the fatal crash.
Jacqui went to become the face of anti-drunk driving campaigns and a motivational speaker.
Her story was featured on Oprah’s television show. Oprah said of Jacqui that she ‘helped shift our thinking about what it really means to be beautiful.’
‘It’s so easy for people to talk about inner beauty; it’s another thing to live it.’ Winfrey said.
At the age of 30 Saburido said: ‘Emotionally, I haven’t been able to go forward. I’d like to be happy with myself, to accept myself how I am and be more independent.’
Jacqui had moved to Guatemala City from her native Caracas, Venezuela, several years ago for better medical treatment.
Jacqui’s body will be flown back to Venezuela.
‘Her final wish was to be buried next to her mother’, her cousin Jose said.
You can read her full story on the website Faces of Drunk Driving which raises awareness about the drunk-driving.
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