Acid attack victim, Katie Piper, can see again

Katie Piper arriving at The TV Choice Awards 2011 in the UK and right, with Lisa Faulkner at a London awards ceremony honouring inspirational women in 2012. Photo: AAP / Getty Images

Surgeons in Britain have restored the sight of a woman blinded after having acid thrown in her face in an attack arranged by her former boyfriend.

Katie Piper, 29, endured hundreds of operations, skin grafts and wore a mask up to 23 hours a day to stretch the scar tissue on her face as part of her recovery.

She suffered third degree burns, had a damaged left eye and was scarred for life in the 2008 attack.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported that her sight has been restored after doctors used eye tissue from the cornea of an anonymous male donor.

The stem cells were grown and then stitched into Ms Piper’s damaged eye and the eye was covered with womb lining donated by women who have had caesarean births. The lining acted as a bandage.

Speaking to Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper, Ms Piper said: “I’d seen a lot of progress with my scars, but my sight was the one injury I’d say to myself was permanent and least expected to change. I do feel like I’m winning.”

“It wasn’t like I took the bandage off and my sight came back like that, it happened gradually.”

“It has been an amazing feeling,” she said.


Acid attack victim can see again – The West Australian.

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