GEORGE TOWN - Acid attack victim Tan Hui Linn, who underwent plastic surgery last week, is recovering well and is ready for the second treatment on her eyebrow.
The 19-year-old, who underwent the eight-hour operation on her eye frame and skin grafting on several parts of her face on Dec 19, said she was excited with the outcome of the operation despite the pain.
"I can't wait to take a walk outside as I've been confined to my room since the operation," she said in a telephone interview from Seoul yesterday.
Hui Linn, who celebrated Christmas with Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi, who helped coordinate her trip, her uncle and aunt, Kwong Wah Yit Poh's reporter and photographer along with several South Korean friends at the medical hotel in Seoul, was treated to a cake and pizza.
Yesterday was the first time her bandages and stitches were fully removed.
"The pain was unbearable after the operation but the support from doctors, friends and family helped me through. I'm really grateful for the help," she said.
Ooi said doctors from JK Plastic Surgery Centre, which is sponsoring the plastic surgeries, had tested the cosmetic contact lens on Hui Linn's right eye which was completely blind as a result of acid burn.
"Her tear gland had been affected by the acid attack, so we will have to monitor whether the lens can hold well.
"Doctors will also have to order a custom-made lens for her," he said.
"We are now planning on conducting eyebrow embroidery for her right eye to lay the groundwork for eyebrow transplant using her own hair tissue next week," he said.
Ooi added that Hui Linn would be able to venture outdoor in a few days.
"Her next trip here in May will be for corrective surgeries on her nostrils and if her contact lens does not fit, doctors will consider an artificial eyeball," he said.
Hui Linn is scheduled to return to Malaysia in mid-January for the new college semester.