Nigerian girl disfigured in acid attack in London gets free facial rebuild surgery (PHOTOS) – Graphic images
One of the world’s top plastic surgeons has offered to work for free to rebuild the face of Naomi Oni (a Nigerian woman based in London) left disfigured in an acid attack, standard.co.uk reports.
Naomi Oni, 20, suffered severe chemical burns to her head, face, neck, arms, legs and body after an unknown attacker dressed in a niqab threw acid at her five minutes from her home in Dagenham, east London.
Ms Oni, a store assistant at Victoria’s Secret in the Westfield Stratford shopping centre, needed almost a month of skin grafts and specialist treatment at a burns unit at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. She has been warned she may need years of further treatment and is still partially blind in her right eye.
Leading American cosmetic surgeon Cap Lesesne, who has operated on royalty, pop stars, Hollywood actors and US senators, contacted the Standard to offer his help after reading of Ms Oni’s plight.
Dr Lesesne said: “I have a young daughter and I was really moved by Naomi’s story. What kind of animal would do that? I’m sure Naomi’s care under the NHS has been superb. She is lucky she is in one of the best places in the world.
“I think the NHS is extraordinary and offers a very high level of care. I have good friends working in Britain. This isn’t a case of me coming in and saying I can do it better but if there is anything I can do to compliment Naomi’s care then I’d like to see if I can help.”
Although Dr Lesesne is best-known as a cosmetic surgeon to the rich and famous and penned a memoir entitled Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon, he has years of experience working in reconstructive surgery with burns victims.
Dr Lesesne, who decided to become a plastic surgeon after his sister suffered burns as child, helped rebuild the face of 13-year-old acid attack victim Ronnie Lugo at the Blythedale Children’s Hospital in New York.
The surgeon, who is currently based between New York and London, said: “Reconstructive surgery is about helping patients physically and psychologically.
Every time she looks in the mirror she is going to be reminded of the attack it is the surgeon’s job to try and help. She is a young woman, she is fragile right now. She is scared. But she lives in an open society and she can go on to lead a very fulfilling life.”
Ms Oni said she was very grateful for Dr Lesesne’s offer of help and would make an appointment to see him.
She told the Standard: “The last week has been really overwhelming. I have no more surgery planned at the moment and I would love to meet Dr Lesesne.”