A UCT student who suffered third-degree burns to 95 per cent of her body has defied the odds and will be graduating Cum Laude this month.
Aniek Nieuwenhuis was given only a 20 per cent chance of survival after she suffered serious burns in a gas explosion 15 years ago.
The 24-year-old has since undergone 50 surgical procedures. Today, the art student has completed her tertiary education and will graduate with distinctions.
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She says her motto is to not to sweat the small stuff. This belief has helped her lead a full and meaningful life.
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