A pretty Spanish girl aged just 24 has been left scarred and blinded after splashing caustic soda on her face while making home-made cosmetics.
Marta Bustos, who is Spanish, had moved to live in Seattle in the United States, and stayed “for love”.
She had been making soap and home-made cosmetics when the shocking accident happened.
Both of her eyes were horrifically burned by the caustic soda and she was taken to a local hospital, which then rushed her to the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Marta Bustos Goongora Marta Bustos Goongora
Doctors say the only hope for her to see again is with a cornea transplant.
She also suffered damage to her face, including an injury which makes it difficult for her to even open her eyes because of the scarring on her eyelids.
Her mother, Anna Gongora, who lives in the city of Terrassa in the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia in north-eastern Spain said that her daughter has no medical insurance and has launched a crowd-funding campaign to collect funds for treatment on ‘GoFundMe’.
Anna told local media: “She has a residence permit, although she does not have access to health insurance. She has severe burns in her face and eyes and her corneas are totally burnt.”
The campaign has collected 200,000 EUR (181,010 GBP) although the family initially asked for 75,000 EUR (67,879 GBP).
Some netizens asked the family why they kept the campaign active after collecting the money they requested.
Gongora said: “We do not have a budget of the whole process, we only know that Marta has been operated four times and she has been nine days in the hospital.
Marta Bustos Goongora before the accident Marta Bustos Goongora before the accident
“Marta is well and happy with the progress. Her left eye is recovering faster but in general, the pressure in both of them is correct. So even though she is in the hospital she might spend the first night out very soon.”
Local media report Bustos’ mother has not been able to travel to the United States because of the lockdown restrictions.
The family said on social media that they will give what is left of the donations after the cornea transplant to charity.
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