An Indian woman who suffered a life-threatening acid attack about a decade ago which almost completely disfigured her face and body has found a man who loves her the way she is now.
Pramodini Roul was just 15 years when a man whose love proposal she had rejected poured acid on her when she was returning home from an exam center.
The now 25-years-old woman became blind after the 28 -year-old aggrieved suitor poured the corrosive liquid into her face.
According to the Daily Mail, Rani as she is affectionately called by her family, has been in and out of hospital for various surgeries as well as treatment for the health problems that have plagued her as a result of her ordeal.
Despite the debilitating attack whose consequence she has been suffering for the past decade, Pramodini Roul said her boyfriend, Saroj Kumar Sahoo’s coming into her life has given her a reason to live happily again.
Saroj Kumar Sahoo met Pramodini Roul at a private hospital in 2014 and they both have been living together. Now the good news is that they are planning to get married.
However, she said “He has become a part of me. I would not have been able to see the world today if I did not have him.
“I feel very lucky to have him. He is very understanding and is always there for me. It always feels good to be loved and be assured of having a partner who loves and recognizes the goodness in you.”
Pramodini Roul said “We met in March 2014 when he had come with his friends to visit the hospital. Initially we didn’t speak to each other, even though he had seen me.
“However, after around 15 days he started to speak to me. He would often visit the hospital.
“I believe he saw my mother and observed her and then slowly started extending helping hands. She would always come alone for my physio therapy.
“One day he heard my mother ask about my improvement and how long would it take for me to recover as my lower body had by then deteriorated. I was not even move without help, let alone stand on my feet.
“The reply wasn’t very positive as the doctors said that it would take at least four years for me to be able to walk. My mother naturally broke down when she heard that. That is when Saroj consoled her and assured her that he would do everything possible to get me walking.”
Rani said Saroj who was then 26-years-old “was extremely caring and looked after my needs. He would talk to me for hours and motivate me. It was a tough time for me when doctors had told me I would not be able to walk for four years.
“I had already lost my eyesight and the thought of being bedridden was an added woe. But Saroj did not lose hope. He would encourage me every day, motivating me to be positive and have hopes.
“He even quit his job to meet me every day. From 8 to 12am in the morning and 4 to 8pm in the evening, he was there with me. It had become a routine.
“Just as medication was required for the physical recovery I needed dire support and encouragement at the mental level.
“Gradually, the wounds started healing and with treatment and exercise and with his help and support I regained my confidence and now I am standing back on my feet.”