Acid attack? Netizen shares horrifying story of victim at the E.R.

Image by Hershey Gomez Calderon's Facebook post

A Facebook post meant to warn the public regarding an alleged ‘acid attack’ is getting viral on social media.

Apparently, a woman and her child has fallen prey to a suspected acid attack near C3 Monumento on Wednesday; leaving the mother with  minor burns on her arms and back plus a tattered umbrella and a damaged shirt.  The child was fortunately saved from injury; thanks to Mom’s quick movement when she held the umbrella to cover her child.

Netizen Hershey Gomez Calderon wrote this on her Facebook account on August 29, 4:42PM (PH time) and the post has reached nearly 29,000 shares.

“BABALA PO SA PUBLIKO !!

Mag iingat at maging alerto po tayo especially dyan sa C3 malapit sa Monumento. Meron akong nakasabay kanina sa Emergency room sa Chinese Gen. May isang babae na naglalakad lang kasama ang anak nya kaninang tanghali ng may napansin sya na may nagsaboy sa kanila. Hindi nya alam kung ano un. At kung saan galing. Nangati na lang bigla ung sa parte ng braso nya hanggang likod. Un pala may paso na sya at sira na ung payong nya pati ung suot nyang t-shirt. Salamat sa Diyos at ganun lang ang nangyari. Di nman nasaktan ang anak nya dahil nasanggi ng payong. Paano na lang kung sa mukha o sa mata tumama.”

WARNING TO THE PUBLIC

[Let us be cautious and always be alert especially at C3 near Monumento. I was at the  Emergency room at the Chinese Gen, the same time a woman patient went, too. Earlier around noontime, a woman was walking with her child when she noticed someone had thrown something at them. She didn’t know what it was, and where it came from. All of a sudden, her arms started to itch, spreading onto her back. Turns out she was already suffering from burns, and her umbrella as well as her shirt already show damages. Thank God that it wasn’t so bad. Fortunately her child was unhurt owing to her umbrella. But what if that ‘something’ had hit their faces or their eyes?]

Acid throwing, also called an acid attack, a vitriol attack or vitriolage, is a form of violent assault defined as the act of throwing acid or a similarly corrosive substance onto the body of another “with the intention to disfigure, maim, torture, or kill”. Perpetrators of these attacks throw acid at their victims, usually at their faces, burning them, and damaging skin tissue, often exposing and sometimes dissolving the bones.

The purpose of this article is not to create a ‘scare’, but to remind us to be extra vigilant especially when we are with our most valued treasure: our children.

Meanwhile, here’s hoping that the perpetrator/s of this assault will soon be arrested and put behind bars.

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