A 28-year-old American woman who had acid thrown in her face this week in Vancouver spoke publicly about her experience at a news conference, her face swathed in bandages.
Bethany Storro was attacked Monday evening after she had parked to go into a Starbucks in downtown Vancouver, Washington and was getting something out of the passenger side of her car.
According to The Oregonian a woman walked up to her and said: “Hey pretty girl, you want a drink of this?”
The woman then threw a strong acid in her face.
“Once it hit me I could actually hear it bubbling against my skin,” Storro said. “It was like it almost like it didn’t hurt right away because of the panic – like, what just happened? You’re so focused on that, and then once I let it soak in I could start to feel it burn into my flesh.”
Dr. Nick Eshraghi, a burn surgeon at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, performed surgery on her face.
Storro read reporters lips during the news conference because meningitis robbed her of most of her hearing as a child.
She told them that she was wondering if her attacker was just walking around with acid she planned to throw on the first person she came across.
At times she wiped away tears, but she also laughed a joked, saying it was good that she still had her eyesight because she had bought new sunglasses about 20 minutes before being attacked.
She admitted that she is scared and emotional now, but said she can’t let what happened wreck her life.
“In time I’m going to forgive her because if I don’t then it’s hard to move on in my life,” she said.
Storro described the woman who attacked her as being African-American, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and wearing a green top and khaki shorts.
Police are asking anyone with any information on the crime to contact them.