Update posted 4/19:
We would like to thank everyone who shared/donated from the bottom of our hearts. We had no idea we had such an amazing support system! We surpassed both of our goals in less than 48 hours! Since we see that people are still willing to donate, and we have begun to find out that Nafiah’s current and future medical expenses will be astronomical, we have reset our goal to the lowest possible, $1. We are setting this goal because we cannot bring ourselves to put the true amount of her expenses as it feels too much to ask of our community who has already done so much. This way people can donate as much as they feel comfortable with, with no expectations. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to message me! All we continue to ask is that you keep Nafiah in your prayers and share with as many people as possible!!!
Our neighbor and good friend Nafiah is a 21 year old college student at Hofstra University. She is a Sewanhaka High School/New Hyde Park High School alum. We are telling her story with her permission. On the night of March 17th as Nafiah and her mom were walking inside from their car, an unknown person ran up to Nafiah and threw acid in her face.
The unknown attacker knew how dangerous the acid was as they were seen on camera wearing gloves. The attacker used a dark brown acid known to cause blindness and severe burning. Had the acid gotten into Nafiah's lungs she would have died. When Nafiah screamed it caused the acid to go into her mouth, burning her tongue and throat, which prevented her from breathing. When Nafiah ran into her house and her parents saw her, they immediately tried to help her, but in the process the acid burned their hands and forearms as well. If her parents were not home to help her and call 911 right away she would not have made it.
The acid caused severe burning on Nafiah's face, eyes, chest, and arms. Nafiah was wearing contact lenses that night and the acid melted the contact lenses onto her eyes. We don’t know if Nafiah will ever regain vision again.
The goal amount has been set by taking into consideration the several different expenses that this family has and will continue to incur due to this attack. Your donation will pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance, home security, legal fees, and loss of income as Nafiah and her mother are out of work during this time.
The photos attached of Nafiah's eye and wrists give only a glimpse into the extent of injuries she has sustained to her face, chest, eyes, and throat.
Nafiah has stayed incredibly strong throughout this horrific event. Nafiah's only wish is that the attacker is caught so that she can feel safe in her own home.
Please share this with as many people as you can. Please keep Nafiah and her family in your prayers.
Here is a picture of Nafiah before the attack:
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