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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 July, 2005, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Fundraising boost for burns woman
Sundeep Hunjan with surgeon Raman Malhotra
The attack happened as Sundeep Hunjan drove home from work
A total of 18,000 has been raised towards the treatment of a young woman who suffered horrific injuries in an acid attack in her native Kenya.

Sundeep Hunjan, 23, from Nairobi, has already had medical treatment at the McIndoe Surgical Centre, based at the Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH), Sussex.

The money raised has paid for her operations so far because she is not eligible for NHS treatment.

More is needed though because the total cost is likely to be around 100,000.

The QVH, in East Grinstead, West Sussex, said the 18,000 figure was made up of donations and fundraising from the Sikh community and Ms Hunjan's family.

Skin grafts

The QVH's burns support group is administering the fund.

The acid attack in February left Ms Hunjan with only 4mm of eyelid and caused extensive scarring on her face and neck.

McIndoe doctors used skin grafts to build a new eyelid and treat the scarring on her neck.

After three operations in the space of two weeks at the end of June, Ms Hunjan was able to blink a little again.

Consultant ophthalmologist Raman Malhotra said she would need further skin grafts as well as treatment for scalp damage.


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