VIDEO: Acid attack victim Naomi Oni cries with joy as she has eyebrows restored
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Almost a year ago Naomi Oni was the victim of a horrific acid attack that left her with burns to her face, leg and arms.
After months of treatment, she wept for joy after finally being able to have cosmetic surgery to recreate her eyebrows which had been burnt off.
The 21-year-old was walking home along Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, after her shift at Westfield’s Victoria Secret store last December when the vicious attack happened.
Since then, surgeons have painstakingly rebuilt her features including taking skin from the back of her ear to make new eyelids for her.
The aspiring make-up artist was given new eyebrows using semi-permanent make-up by Harley Street clinic Debra Robson LDN, who also worked with Katie Piper after her acid attack.
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After seeing the results, Naomi broke down in tears.
She said: “It wasn’t painful at all. I feel confident. I don’t mean to cry but it means so much to me. The last nine months I have been struggling obviously. I haven’t had eyebrows and I’ve been making jokes about it but seeing it, it’s really lovely.”
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Naomi was also honoured for her bravery with a prize at the Inspiration for Women Awards in Chelsea last night.
She now faces further surgery as doctors strive to lessen the impact of her scars.
She said: “It has been very difficult to come to terms with. My doctors have been brilliant but it will take years of laser surgery to repair my face.
“There is only so much you can do at any one time - then there is a long healing process before you can undergo the next stage of the treatment. It is only now that I have been able to have semi-permanent make-up on my face.”
Student Mary Konye, 21, of Canning Town, has been charged over the attack and will stand trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in January.