Real-Life Wonder Woman Becomes First User In Italy
“I still have a lot to do and accomplish, but now I can say that I am a real Wonder Woman!” A truly inspirational figure, Valentina Pitzalis, recently became the first person in Italy to receive a COVVI Hand. Valentina’s story is one of a born survivor who overcame severe injuries and scarring across her entire body; as well as losing her left hand, nose and lips.
In 2011, Valentina was doused with kerosene and set on fire by her ex-husband in an attempt to kill them both and burn down their home in Italy. After a lengthy period of recovery and rehabilitation, she stands tall as a symbol of hope, strength and determination. Valentina describes her journey as one of hope and strength to keep fighting for a more positive and happier future.
Following on, she managed to turn tragedy into a new opportunity; becoming an author and public figure who continues to fight against femicide and gender-based violence; “I have chosen to react, I have chosen to live, I have chosen to try to be an example for those who believe they do not have that strength within themselves.” She has also been asking for a meeting with the Minister of Equal Opportunities to address the issue of support for women victims of violence. “I am only a piece of the project, but I want to talk to young people, to girls in particular…I speak so that there are no other Valentinas.”
Her positivity is truly an inspiration, especially to those facing similar situations, “I understood that in the face of adversity, in the face of tragedies like mine; the thing that counts is to find the strength to react…I am happy that my eyes have no lashes and brows, I am happy that my legs are covered with scars. Simply, sincerely, incredibly, I found the strength not to stop smiling, and I’m happy to live!”
She has found strength where most people would’ve given up. Valentina, a hero to many, is at the beginning of her journey and COVVI are proud to support her every step of the way.