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On Wednesday, a London woman, Resham Khan, and her cousin, Jameel, became victims of an acid attack while they were out celebrating Khan’s 21st birthday.
Both victims were left with life-changing injuries: Khan is suffering from damage to one of her eyes and severe burns to her face and body. Jameel, who also suffered severe burns, had to be induced into a coma.
“A man ran up and threw acid at both Ms Khan and her cousin through the open car window as they stopped at traffic lights” in Beckton, east London, reports ITV News. “He then chased the pair as they tried to drive off but lost control of the car and crashed into a fence.”
I am so grateful to everyone that has prayed for me. I feel as though I'm blessed to have my limbs and senses. But I loved my face and body.
— Resh (@ReshKay_) June 24, 2017
“The pain was excruciating,” Khan told ITV News. “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 put his foot down as we were coming onto a dual carriage way but the pain took over and we crashed,” she continued.
“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,” added the 21-year-old.
Good Samaritans nearby the attack helped Khan and Jameel get to a local hospital.
“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,” said Khan.