Miracle mum Melanie Grimsley who survived a horrific car fire which claimed the life of her older sister 32 years ago has opened her heart about finding love a second time around after the break-up of her first marriage to her teenage sweetheart.
Thirty-four-year-old Melanie, from Kesh in Co Fermanagh, says she couldn't be happier after tying the knot with health service professional Ray Maxwell, who she met on a Christian dating site three years ago.
Melanie and her first husband, Brian Higgins, who have two sons together, were divorced in 2013, five years after they were married in Enniskillen.
But the mother-of-two said she and Brian, who's also from Fermanagh, simply grew apart.
"We were very young at the time of the wedding. But there's no bad blood, we all get on well now and Brian sees the boys regularly", said Melanie, who had been left with horrendous burns after the unexplained fire which swept through her mother's car in April 1988 when she popped into a shop in Enniskillen to buy milk.
Passer-by Oliver Quinn bravely pulled Melanie from the inferno, but he couldn't save her sister Amanda, who was almost three.
Oliver was guest of honour at Melanie's wedding, which was the subject of a UTV documentary and she later wrote a book, Beauty for Ashes, about her long and painful road to recovery.
Melanie, who had to endure cruel cat-calling and stares because of her injuries, later gained a first class honours degree in law after studying for three years at the Ulster University's Magee campus. She was among the top students in her year and dedicated her dissertation to her late sister, Amanda.
Melanie then embarked on an apprenticeship with Murnaghan Fee solicitors in Enniskillen, who dealt with her compensation case after the fire.
But her dream of becoming a fully-fledged lawyer fell apart after the second part of her legal practices qualification course that she was expecting to attend in Derry was dropped by university officials and she said she got little notice that she would have to study instead in Belfast, which is twice the distance from Kesh as Derry.
But with two sons to look after, Melanie said she was heartbroken when her argument that she couldn't be expected to travel for over five hours every day was ignored and she was told that she couldn't work from home, even for one or two days a week.
"I've always really dedicated myself to my studies and I could have succeeded with home-working, just as people are doing now because of the pandemic," said Melanie, who added that she felt she had no choice but to give up on her legal dreams.
However, Melanie decided to move with her sons, Leo (10) and Will (12), to Holywood, Co Down in a bid to broaden the job opportunities open to her.
"I also wanted a new chapter for me and the boys," said Melanie. "I had lived my whole life in Kesh and I thought it would be good to spread my wings.
"It was a big departure for me. I didn't know anyone in Holywood and didn't even really know the town, but because I am from Fermanagh, I couldn't have lived somewhere that was landlocked. I had to see water. And I really love it here, though I do miss Fermanagh.'"
In 2017, Melanie met Ray, who's 51, on a Christian dating website and after chatting to each other online and seeing their photographs and profiles, the couple met up for a coffee in Belfast.
"We talked for ages and there was just a connection between us," said Melanie, who added that Ray is a senior rehab worker for people with sensory disabilities and was based in Portadown.
Ray, who also has two children from a previous marriage, and Melanie tied the knot in June last year and live together in Holywood.
"It was great that we had got to know each other for who we were, not who we might have been before," said Melanie.
"Ray and I took things slowly at first for our children's sake, but he's a lot of fun and the boys enjoyed their time with him, as well as loving the time with their dad at weekends.
"Ray and I are very different in many ways, but we are really compatible as well. I think we knew we had clicked fairly quickly and we both realised there could be something longer term in our relationship.
"Life comes in chapters. And I think Ray and I met at the right time."
The couple were married in June last year in Lowe Memorial Presbyterian church at Finaghy in Belfast, where a very special guest said a prayer for them.
That man was Roy Miller, the plastic surgeon who literally reshaped Melanie's young life, rebuilding her face and hands. Mr Miller, who had also helped victims of the IRA's La Mon bombing in 1978, carried out countless procedures on Melanie when she was growing up.
But they met by chance again in Holywood after Melanie moved there and joined a church where Mr Miller and his wife, Rosemary, worshipped.
A close friendship developed and even though Melanie moved to another church in Belfast, the relationship with the Millers has endured.
Melanie is now an administrator of the church where she and Ray wed. Her son, Will, walked her up the aisle along with her father, William, as her other son, Leo, sang The Star of the County Down.
On lockdown, Melanie has been working from home and schooling her sons. She said: "It's nice to have had more time with the boys but it was frustrating for weeks that we couldn't get down to Fermanagh to see our family there."
Melanie has also been helping to stream church services, as well as organising Zoom gatherings and prayer meetings.
But are any christenings likely in the future for Melanie and Ray?
"No," she replied. "People are always asking me that. But we have four children between us, we are perfectly happy."
And something else that has also enhanced Melanie's life is her hair.
She lost most of it in the fire and has relied on wearing wigs, but now a foundation set up by TV presenter and model Katie Piper, who was the victim of an acid attack, is helping Melanie, who said: "They were able to source and fund a hair replacement system which is more like a semi-permanent solution.
"It is attached in a different way, so that you don't have to take it on and off all the time. It's been life-changing for me."
As for the future, Melanie hasn't ruled out furthering her studies.
She said: "It was so frustrating that they came to a halt because I was doing so well and enjoying the studying so much.
"There's now a possibility of me working towards a master's degree in human rights. I haven't fallen out of love with the law."