Trigger warning: This article contains information about domestic assault and violence which may be distressing for some readers.
On August 2, 2015, Judy Malinowski, a mum of two, was doused in petrol by her ex-boyfriend and set alight after an argument in an Ohio parking lot.
She was so badly burnt—she had third and fourth degree burns to more than 90 percent of her body—that parts of her had “melted away.”
She was not expected to make it through the next two days—but defying all odds, Malinowski lived for two years, enduring more than 50 surgeries.
The attack left her unable to breathe on her own, walk or speak.
On Tuesday afternoon, the 33-year-old passed away from her injuries, after she was moved to a palliative care facility last month.
Her mother, Bonnie Bowes, confirmed the news to NBC4i, telling reporters: "That child suffered for two years to tell her own story. Who has the strength to do it?"