It was the ultimate nightmare of anyone who innocently opens the door to a stranger.
Teresa Townsley, 38, responded to the ringing of her home’s doorbell last November. She encountered a masked man in a track suit. For no obvious reason, he splashed a highly corrosive fluid onto her face.
As a result, the Edinburgh, Scotland, woman lost part of her ear and suffered severe facial scarring as well as disfigurement. She now avoids mirrors and the public, according to Scotland’s STV.
“It is hard to just go out of the house,” she said on Sunday, the anniversary of the tragic incident. “It was the worst day of my life.”
Despite the seeming randomness of the attack, it was planned out, according to local police, who reported that the man pulled up to Townsley’s house in a stolen Ford Fiesta with fake license plates. Within an hour the car was set on fire nearby. Two men were seen fleeing the torched vehicle.
Edinburgh isn’t the only site of such a horrific crime. Earlier this month, a Milwaukee man was charged with allegedly throwing acid in the face of a Peruvian immigrant. A Manhattan teenager suffered third-degree burns on her legs after getting doused with acid at a party. Then there was the British fiend who attacked his own son “in a bid to smear his estranged wife.”
Townsley said she feels grateful, a year after the attack, to have “a new partner who is being tremendously supportive,” as well as her children, “to keep me going.”
While it pains her to relive the day of her assault, she is using the incident’s anniversary to push out a request: “If anyone knows anything [about the attacker] then they must come forward. I am scarred for life and coming forward with information could prevent someone else suffering as I have. It may even prevent someone losing their life.”