The girl who was never meant to survive

Georgina Pearce:

Haven Shepherd kneels on the school diving board, takes a deep breath and launches herself into the pool.

“When I’m in the water I feel completely free, I get to feel completely myself.”

The pool gives Haven respite from her prosthetic legs. Wearing them all day can be “exhausting”, the 15-year-old says.

It’s a long way from her training pool in Carthage, Missouri, to the hut in rural Vietnam where her father tried to end her life.