Family of acid attack victim Dr. Rym Alaoui Reveals Physician Assistant Needs £60,000 in Medical Treatment
An NHS doctor who suffered horrific injuries in an acid attack by her former boyfriend will require more than £60,000 in medical treatment, her family has revealed.
Junior doctor Rym Alaoui, 25, suffered ‘horrific life-changing’ injuries when her ex, who had disguised herself in a ‘fat suit’, threw sulfuric acid in her face when she opened the front door of her Brighton home in May.
Milad Rouf, 25, who trained with her at Cardiff University, was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to throwing acid with intent to maim and maim.
Speaking for the first time, her devastated family says the ‘kind, loving and caring’ young doctor faces years of painful surgery but is desperate to return to her dream job on the NHS.
dr. Alaoui suffered catastrophic injuries in the ‘horrific attack’ with severe burns to her face, neck, eyes, chest and arm. She is left blind in her right eye and cannot close her eyelids at night.
Despite having undergone seven surgeries, Dr. Alaoui still faces years of skin grafts, eye surgeries, and laser therapy on her burn scars.
But the family say the full treatment of Dr Alaoui, who worked at Brighton’s Sussex County Hospital, is not available on the NHS and must be paid for privately.
Sister Alya Alaoui said, “Anyone who knows her knows how genuinely kind, loving, and caring she is.
Junior doctor Rym Alaoui, 25, suffered ‘horrific life-changing’ injuries when her ex threw sulfuric acid in her face when she opened the front door of her Brighton home in May
Milad Rouf disguised himself in a thick suit before throwing sulfuric acid over his ex-colleague and girlfriend. He was seen on CCTV before the attack wearing an orange hooded sweater, blue jeans, white trainers and a black face mask
A judge told Milad Rouf (above) she had no doubts that he was a danger to women before sending him to prison for 15 years
How did the police engineer the acid attacker’s movements and track him down?
After the attack on Steine Gardens in Brighton on May 20 this year, police began conducting door-to-door searches and identified a nearby property with doorbell images.
This showed Rouf wearing a black jacket, white sneakers, blue jeans and a blue backpack – first walking past before the attack and then fleeing.
From there, officers trawled the city’s CCTV cameras to track the suspect’s movements.
This included contacting dozens of companies to access their footage and watching hundreds of hours of CCTV surveillance to determine where and when Rouf went.
They could see Rouf running from Steine Gardens to Edward Street and then Princes Street. Rouf was next seen in Old Steine, but wore different shoes – now black sneakers with white soles.
Rouf was seen again going down the stairs to the east of Brighton Pier. He was seen changing for about five minutes before reappearing with a shorter build, a large white bag and a hat and glasses.
Rouf then threw the white bag away in a trash can on the coast. He then walked through town, stopping at several trash cans along the way, before going to the Primark store to buy a sweatshirt, a blue jacket with white details, and a cream backpack. He put on the clothes at the store, then left, going back two more times to buy sunglasses and an “LA” baseball cap.
From there, the suspect returned to shore and asked a guard what time the bins are emptied, thinking he accidentally threw a phone away. He retrieved a mobile phone from jeans in a bin before leaving the area and heading for Brighton train station, where he boarded a train to London Victoria.
Rouf was identified from CCTV footage after he removed his disguise and from witness descriptions. He was arrested at his home in Cardiff, where a blue jacket matching that of the suspect in Primark was found. Further investigation in Cardiff revealed LA’s baseball cap and cream backpack.
Officers who searched his address also found a handwritten list in his nightstand titled “Costume 1” and a number of items, most of which matched equipment and clothing the suspect was wearing at the time of the attack.
Police also worked to establish Rouf’s movements before the attack. They found that he arrived in the city by train that morning and was seen on CCTV footage wearing an orange hooded sweater, blue jeans, white trainers and a black face mask. He also had a blue backpack with him.
He was seen hanging out on Edward Street for much of the morning, sometimes drawing on a notepad. He was also seen in the Sainsbury’s store in Old Steine, where he bought a fruit salad – it was later found at the scene of the attack in Steine Gardens.
“We want to give her every chance to lead a normal life and continue her work.”
When she launched a fundraiser for her sister, she wrote: ‘Six months later, we have a clearer picture of Rym’s current and future medical needs, so I’m opening a donation page again.
“Her injuries have turned out to be more serious than we had anticipated at the time, and unfortunately the full treatment cannot be provided by the NHS alone.
Rym suffered serious injuries to her face, neck, chest and arms.
“She still can’t see with her right eye.
So far she has had seven surgeries, including skin grafts on her neck and chest and surgeries on her eye.
“Her doctors have said she will need a lot more in the coming months and years.
‘The cost of all this is estimated at over £60,000.
This includes reconstruction of her neck, specialized laser therapy for scars and surgical needles.
“I understand that this is a really large sum of money, and I would be eternally grateful to you for anything you could give to help.”
She said: ‘Rym’s modest savings, having been an NHS junior doctor just 10 months after graduating, have been used up.
“Our parents were the only financial support and continue to cover her medical needs and household expenses.
“However, as a family we are short on money and we would really appreciate any help we could get to help my sister get her life back.”
In a statement read at Rouf’s sentencing at Lewes Crown Court, Dr. Alaoui: ‘When I opened the door that day, a substance that I now know is sulfuric acid was thrown in my face.
“Since the day I fell victim to this horrific attack, my life has changed. I live with pain and fear for my future well-being and financial problems.
“The impact of the attack includes severe damage to my right eye that I still can’t see out of. Damage to eyelids and damage to the skin of the face, neck and arm.
‘I can’t move my neck and close my eyelids. I’ve had five surgeries. I’m still trying to come to terms with more procedures and surgeries.
“I can’t go to work or live my life. I have been robbed of years of my career and young adult life. The psychological effect had been enormous on me, my family and loved ones.
‘I can’t imagine how and why someone could commit such a premeditated attack.
“The psychological effect of this attack has been enormous for me, my family and loved ones.
“I can’t imagine how or why anyone would commit such a horrible, premeditated act.
“It’s impossible to fathom, to make peace with, or to justify what was going on in his head.”
Lewes Crown Court learned that Rouf and Dr Alaoui had dated for a few months while they were both studying medicine at Cardiff University.
However, because of Covid, they couldn’t see each other much and in March, Dr. Alaoui’s relationship with him.
dr. Alaoui graduated and took a position as an assistant physician at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, East Sussex.
But her embittered ex-boyfriend plotted to exact revenge on her for ending the relationship.
Lewes Crown Court heard that Rouf (pictured) and Dr. Alaoui dated for a few months while they were both studying medicine at Cardiff University
After a search of Rouf’s house in Cardiff, police officers found a ‘shopping list’ containing his disguise
The harmful substance was thrown over Dr Alaoui at Steine Gardens in Brighton in May and she was taken to hospital.
With padding, makeup and a mask to disguise himself as a woman, he carried sulfuric acid in a sealed soup cup and traveled from his childhood home in London’s Eltham to Brighton.
He then waited near the house that Dr. Alaoui shared in Old Steine and around 4:15 p.m. he knocked on the door.
When she opened the door she didn’t recognize him and without saying a word he threw the sulfuric acid at her and ran away.
Tests done later on the bottle showed that the sulfuric acid was at least 60% strong.
The family hopes to raise £60,000 with their gofundme call to help pay for the doctor’s future treatment.
Last night the call had already raised more than £30,000.
Donations can be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/86a88-help-rym-recover-from-acid-attack-injuries.