AN AUSTRALIAN model doused in acid at a London nightclub said the attack almost cost her career and she was rethinking her future after the terrifying ordeal.
“That could have been the end of my career, it makes you rethink whether you want to do something like this, based on your looks,” Isobella Fraser told The Daily Telegraph from London.
She thought at first she was the victim of a terror attack.
The 22-year-old had flown to the British capital to spend Easter with younger sister Prue, 20, who is also a part-time model.
Both women suffered excruciating burns in the attack shortly after they arrived at the Mangle club in London’s trendy east end at 11.30pm for an Easter Sunday event.
They had not been there long and were not heavily intoxicated when men they did not know started a brawl, one of them hurling acid in another’s face.
“The main victim got it all over his face and got pushed into me … it felt like someone had spilt a drink on me,” Isobella said.
“But then I could start smelling gas, like someone was going to blow up the place.”
She had been separated from Prue as the chaos erupted in the cramped nightclub but just metres away her sister was also showered in the acid.
“It was pain like I had never experienced before,” Prue said.
“I couldn’t see anything on my arm but my friend said ‘you’ve had acid thrown on you’.
I thought what the hell’s going on?”
They described a scene of total panic as crowds of people cried out for first aid while security guards simply wanted patrons out the door.
Isobella said one security guard did eventually look after her, peeling off her shirt which had burned onto her skin.
“Apparently some people got it in the eye and can’t see,” she said. “I just have some burns on my arms and on my back, and my shirt actually that I was wearing…actually stuck to my skin, I had to get it off my skin.”
She said the attackers used “some sort of bottle” to throw the acid.
“They targeted two men that were in a fight, which are the people in a critical condition because they have it on the face,” she said.
“It sort of went everywhere. I could not breathe. I thought we were getting gassed. I thought it was a terrorist attack. I was freaking out.”
Roads were closed as emergency services, including a hazardous area response team, rushed to the scene.
London Ambulance Service took 10 patients to hospital, while police said a further two people with similar injuries sought treatment.
Two male victims in their twenties remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
London Metropolitan Police said: “Officers believe a dispute between two groups of people developed inside the venue, resulting in a noxious substance being sprayed by a male suspect directly at Victims 1 and 2. Other people inside the venue suffered the effects of the substance.
“The substance is yet to be identified, but it is believed to have been acidic.”
No arrests have been made and police are investigating the incident.
Originally published as ’I thought my modelling career was over’
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