COLUMBUS (WCMH) –We’ve heard from so many NBC4 viewers since we first shared Judy Malinowski’s story. She’s the Gahanna woman who was horrifically burned after being intentionally set on fire in August of 2015. One of the people who reached out to us is another survivor, Columbus resident Marica Phipps.
Judy had never met another victim of domestic violence. We made arrangements for Malinowski and Phipps to meet at the hospital. Now, they’re inspiring each other to keep fighting.
“We’ve met a survivor and you’re the first one we’ve met, the very first person so it’s just so bittersweet,” said Malinowski’s mom Bonnie Bowes.
You probably know Malinowski’s story by now. She’s been in the hospital for the past 18 months and has had 57 surgeries, all because of a can of gasoline. Her ex-boyfriend sits in prison for setting her on fire.
“I don’t want to say it, but in my heart, I’m a little afraid she’s going to give up,” said Bowes.
That’s the reason for the meeting between the three women.
”You love your child and you want to understand and you’re there every second, but you also know your child needs more than you,” said Bowes.
Someone like Phipps who knows firsthand courage isn’t always easy.
“My ex attempted to kill me,” said Phipps. “By the grace of God, I’m still here.”
Now Phipps and Malinowski share an unbreakable bond. Despite what the women have been through, they remain positive and want to help others.
You can help Malinowski who remains in critical condition at OSU Wexner Medical Center. Bowes, who now takes care of Malinowski’s two young children, said her daughter’s medical bills are in the millions.
We’ve set up the Judy Malinowski Fund. Just go to any Huntington Bank branch to donate.
Tap here to see a list of branch locations.
And, Judy loves cards! Send them to us at the address below and we’ll make sure she gets them.
c/o Judy Malinowski
3165 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43202