The life of 30-year-old Garima (name changed) was scarred after her neighbour allegedly threw acid on her face when she was asleep at home.
Her face and neck permanently damaged, Garima got a new lease of life after undergoing reconstructive surgery at a hospital in Sector 57 two days ago. Like her, many other acid-attack victims also got a facelift after suffering for more than a decade.
“I was 13 years old when the incident took place. The acid attack not only destroyed my face, but also led to disability. My family couldn’t afford the surgery, so I decided to live with my disability,” Garima said. She will now be able to move her neck and, live a normal life.
More than 30 burns victims underwent reconstructive surgery to overcome functional disability that they developed because of acid and burns.
Karishma (name changed), 35, a burns victim, said she cannot go her life back. Her in-laws allegedly attacked her after she gave birth to a two girls. “I am trying to overcome the aftereffects. I am glad that doctors here are working to make my appearance better,” she said.
An initiative by the W Pratiksha Hospital on Golf Course Extension Road, Sushant Lok Phase 2, and NGOs Interplast (UK), Ritinjali and Acid Survivor Foundation India, it aims to provide relief to acid-attack victims, burns survivors and cleft-lip patients from marginalised sections of the society.
“We selected around 34 survivors, of which those with physical disability owing to burns were offered reconstructive surgery,” Dr Biplav Agarwal, project coordinator at W Pratiksha Hospital in Sector 57, said.
Dr Charles Viva, member of Interplast, offered free surgeries for those from economically weaker sections.