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Being Terri: Britain’s Youngest Burns Survivor

This is the extraordinary story of Terri Calvesbert, a cheeky, fun-loving child who at the age of six is also the youngest person in Britain to survive 90 percent burns. We see how a team of dedicated surgeons are painstakingly rebuilding her body, but can she ever lead a normal life?

Terri sustained her injuries at home in Ipswich, 1998, when her mother Julie, accidentally left a burning cigarette in her room. As the cigarette burned it set fire to the surrounding materials which resulted in a blaze that would eventually engulf Terri’s nose, hair, hands, and ears with flames. She was just 18 months old at the time of the incident.

In this film, we catch up with Terri to see how she is coping with her horrific injuries. Life for her is far from easy, not only was she disfigured but she also has to cope with getting shocked responses from strangers when they see her go shopping with her grandmother. Her father, Paul Calvesbert, correctly describes the big-hearted youngster as ‘an inspiration to everyone’.

As of this year (2020), Terri is now 23 years old, she has had more than 50 operations to help repair her damaged skin and will be marrying her “best friend and soulmate” this summer.

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  1. I just want Terri to know that after seeing her video on YouTube a few nights ago, I was so inspired! She was such a beautiful little girl so full of joy and so loved by her father and grandparents. She is such a jewel and I wanted to know how she was today so I typed in her name and was horrified to find out about the cyber bullying attack. It is so sad to see people be so mean. I just want to encourage Terri to be strong and continue to fight this with her friends. There is still good in this world and we must stand united against evil in whatever form it comes. I love you Teri and I am praying God will give you perfect peace and quench all the fiery darts of the enemy. Your friend, Terry

  2. This chic is getting hitched and I’m still single. Damn, that burns.