A pretty young woman, out celebrating her 21st birthday, was left with ‘life changing’ burns after acid was thrown at her.
She was with a male cousin in a car during a traffic light ‘stop,’ when suddenly a man ran up to them and sprayed them with corrosive liquid through the open window.
Miss Resham Khan, a business management student, said she had come to London with plans to visit a spa and have a meal to celebrate her birthday. She said she and her cousin had gone for a drive in the morning, “blasting music and chilling like cousins do,’’ when the unexpected happened.
Ms Khan was left with damage to one eye and extensive burns in the face and body caused by the unprovoked attack in Beckton, east London, last Wednesday. Her cousin, Mr Muhktar, 37, also suffered severe burns and had to be placed in an induced coma.
The suspect then chased the cousins as they tried to drive off but they lost control of the car and crashed into a fence.
Ms Khan told how she begged for water as she struggled in “excruciating” agony.
She said: “The pain was excruciating. I was struggling to close the window. My cousin struggled to get us away.
“I saw my clothes burn away in front of me. He (cousin) put his foot down as we were coming onto a dual carriage way but the pain took over and we crashed.
“We stripped off in the middle of the road, running around screaming and begging for water. We did this for 45 minutes. No ambulance came.”
Passersby helped the pair get to a nearby hospital before the ambulance or police arrived. They have since been transferred to a specialist burns unit, but police say their injuries are ‘life changing’.
The suspect ran off after the attack and has not been caught.
Ms Khan, who had been due to start a new job, needed skin grafts on her face and burns across the whole of her body.
She said: “I’m devastated. I keep wondering if my life will ever be the same.”
“I feel as though I’m blessed to have my limbs and senses. But I loved my face and body,” she added.
A friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of treatment.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Officers from Newham and the Met’s Territorial Support Group executed a warrant at an address in E16 on the afternoon of 21 June in connection with the incident. There were no arrests; enquiries continue.”
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This is alarming, is this becoming a trend? Be careful and vigilant at all times.