A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl has been given hope after she suffered appalling injuries when her father tried to launch an acid attack on her mother.
By JON ROGERS
Julie Kumari from Fatehpur, in Uttar Pradesh, in India, was just four at the time of the attack when she was splashed with acid when her father, in a furious rage, targeted her mother.
The girl was left with appalling injuries to her face, arm, neck and chest and because of her mother’s low salary she had not been able to afford any surgery.
Her mother, Rani Devi, 31, who works whenever she can earning Rs150 (£2) a day, said: “It’s been devastating watching her suffer all these years. It used to hurt her to eat, talk and smile.
“Everything was a struggle for her. And it killed me inside that I couldn’t help her.”
A charity has now stepped in to help the youngster and has started a long series of surgical treatments.
Her first surgery was done three months ago at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences hospital (SGPGI), in Lucknow, where doctors operated on the skin contracted around her neck so she could move her head.
Julie is now being prepared for more surgery next month on her left eye. She will also undergo plastic surgery on her face to correct the deformities.
The acid attack took place in May 2013 when Julie’s father Manish, 40, was angry with Ms Devi for leaving him and re-marrying.
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