ELMONT, N.Y. — A woman who was the victim of an acid attack is speaking out as she recovers.
Nafiah Ikram was returning home from work in Elmont, New York, when a man threw acid into her face on March 17, WPIX reported.
WCBS reported that the alleged attacker didn’t say anything before throwing the liquid.
The 21-year-old pre-med college student described the incident to WABC.
“[It felt] like my face was fully on fire, and then I couldn’t breathe too,” she told the news station. “This was a worse than death experience. I was in that ambulance and I felt my chest being ripped out of my soul. That’s how much pain I was in.”
Her face, eyes, chest and arms were burned. Her contact lens melted onto her eye, potentially blinding her, WPIX reported.
Her father said Ikram was in the hospital for three weeks and that she was having issues eating and seeing after the attack, WCBS reported.
The attack was captured by a security camera at her home. Warning: it could be disturbing for some viewers.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Ikram may have been targeted since her family is Pakistani, WPIX reported.