LONDON: An aspiring model who suffered horrific burns in an acid attack on her 21st birthday said it was “time to stop hiding” asshe posted a photo showing her remarkable recovery. Resham Khan was praised as “courageous” and “an inspiration” after sharing the selfie on social media, where she has previously told of being “too petrified to walk to the shop”.
The student and her cousin Jameel Muhktar, 37, suffered extensive burns when a man doused them with a corrosive substance through the window of their car in Beckton, east London, on 21 June. Ms Khan has since told of her struggle to come to terms with mental and physicalscars and “unbearable pain” following the attack.
She has also begun campaigning fortighterrestrictions on acid sales. In the days after the attack, the businessstudent at Manchester Metropolitan University released a photo showing horrific burns, scabs and swelling to herface. She said she was “devastated” that her injuries- described as “life-changing” by police – meant she would “probably never look the same”. She wrote on her blog: “Today I was too petrified to walk to my local shop. Too scared to face the world. Too scared of the looks I might get. To scared to tackle the question ‘how are you’. Just too scared. That’s all I’ve been.
Terrified and reluctant. My life on pause, frozen with fear.” Ms Khan has since posted photos and blog posts documenting her recovery and treatment, which included severalskin grafts. “We all respect your bravery and dignity, you have come such a long way,” wrote Richard Ward. “Stay strong, you are an inspiration to us all.” Amer Khan said: “Keep breaking barriers and setting the bar, you’re doing amazing Resh! With your level of courage and heart, you’re destined for greatness.”
According to an Independent report, Ms Khan last month returned to university for the first time since the attack. Well-wishers have donated nearly £60,000 to an online fundraising page set up by her friend to support her. More than 534,000 have signed a petition, set up following the attack, calling for tougher restrictions on acid sales.
John Tomlin, of Canning Town, east London, this month pleaded guilty to two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Ms Khan and Mr Muhktar. The 25-year-old denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent and will stand trial in November at Snaresbrook Crown Court.