The future of 23-year-old software engineer Vinodhini, who was attacked with acid by a man at Karaikal on November 14, seems bleak as doctors have ruled out the possiblity of an eye transplant and said she may not be able to regain her vision.
“Her eyeballs are damaged. Acid damages everything; it goes up to the bone. So, the chance of her getting back vision through transplant is not possible,” said Dr Jayaraman, of the burns ward, Kilpauk Medical College Hospital (KMCH). Doctors identified the acid used on Vinodhini as sulphuric acid. According to doctors, it would take another six months for Vinodhini to recover and return home, as she would have to undergo reconstructive surgery at KMC. But the surgery is the last process before which she would have to go through other treatments.
Doctors said that the burnt and damaged skin would be removed in an operation, after the effects of the chemical ware off. “There will be a time gap before she undergoes a reconstructive surgery,” a doctor said. Vinodhini, who was working in a Chennai-based company, was walking towards a bus stand in Karaikal when a man threw acid on her. Her father, a private security guard, also suffered burns when he attempted to rescue his daughter.
Police said the attacker, Suresh, who was a dealer in construction materials, was obsessed with Vinodhini. “One of Vinodhini’s male colleagues had accompanied her when she came home for Deepavali. Suresh was upset that the man was accompanying her. The colleague also sustained injuries in the attack. Suresh also sustained acid burns as Vinodhini spat out acid that went into her mouth, on his face,” a police official said.
Karaikal police, who registered a case under four sections, including attempt to murder, against Suresh, said acid used to destroy trees and roots was used in the attack.