Girl, 12, suffers third degree burns and loses 7 fingers after lice shampoo catches fire on her head
A teenager who suffered third-degree burns to her face and body after her lice shampoo caught fire on her head said she is glad the accident happened because it made her a “ better person. ”
Student Aleema Ali, 16, from Bradford, was only 12 years old when the medicated shampoo she had applied to her hair caught fire and her whole head went up in flames.
She had burns on more than half of her body, lost seven of her fingers, and has had hundreds of procedures over the years to help her adjust.
But despite her horrific injuries, Aleema says her ‘confidence and self-love’ have hit an all-time high – and she has since garnered a loyal fan base online where she shares makeup tutorials.
Student Aleema Ali, 16, (pictured in hospital) from Bradford, was 12 years old when she was left with burns all over her body
Teen had third degree burns on her body after the medicated shampoo on her hair caught fire and enveloped her entire head in flames
Aleema, pictured before her accident, had returned home from boarding school to find she had caught head lice and applied a medicated shampoo to kill the lice in her hair
‘In a way,’ says Aleema, ‘I am now glad that this happened. It has made me a better person. My self-love and confidence have increased rapidly. ‘
In December 2016, Aleema returned from boarding school to find she had caught head lice and applied Full Marks Solution, a medicated shampoo to kill the lice in her hair.
“I went to the kitchen to get to the trash can and as I walked past it my hair caught fire because the drug was extremely flammable,” she recalls.
Aleema admitted she “thought she was going to die” when her whole head went up in flames.
Aleema had burns on more than half of her body and has had to undergo skin grafts and special clothing over the years and has to take medication daily
Aleema says her ‘confidence and self-love’ are unprecedented and she has built a loyal fan base online, sharing makeup tutorials
“I panicked and went into shock,” said Aleema. “All I could think of was,” I’m dying. “
Aleema was rushed to hospital and arrived about 10 minutes after the incident, where she was immediately taken to intensive care.
“I was in a coma for two months, so there was no immediate response,” she explained. “They slowly built up the amount of time I was awake.”
Aleema suffered third-degree burns on 55 percent of her body, including her face, head, arms, chest, thighs, stomach, back, and hands. She lost seven fingers and is currently unable to move two of her remaining fingers.
The teenager underwent a long and painful recovery process over the years, with skin graft surgeries, special clothing, and medication to help her adjust to normal daily life after her accident.
Aleema was rushed to the ambulance and reached the hospital about ten minutes after the incident and was in a coma in the hospital’s intensive care unit for two months after the accident.
After the accident, Aleema lost seven of her fingers and is unable to move two of her remaining fingers
She said: ‘My recovery was extremely difficult and it is still ongoing. Every day I have to do nebulizers, humidifiers, compression garments, splits, creams, medications, and a whole lot more.
‘I’ve had hundreds of surgeries and hopefully there will be more in the future.
“Every member of the NHS has been so helpful from the hospitals I’ve been to, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Pinderfields.
‘I am completely fine internally. I was also told my hair wouldn’t grow back, but miraculously it does. I can still live a very normal life. I can drive a car and do everyday activities. ‘
Despite all the challenges, Aleema is grateful that she is alive and said that through the accident she loved herself from within and that she is now a more confident person.
Despite all the challenges, Aleema is grateful to be alive and said the accident made her love herself from the inside out and made her a more confident person.
Aleema has since started her own Tik Tok page @aleemaxali, where she posts makeup tutorials to a thriving fan base of over 216.4k followers
‘It has changed my life for the better. I am much stronger, bolder and more confident than before.
Aleema has since started her own TikTok page @aleemaxali, where she posts makeup tutorials to a thriving fan base of over 216.4K followers.
She has millions of views on her videos, and one of her makeup videos has been viewed 15.8 million times.
Aleema has since launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for a skin graft on her nose and lips.
FEMAIL has reached out to Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturers of Full Marks Solution, for comment.