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Acid attack: Funds appeal launched as mum has surgery

Hundreds of pounds raised for Teresa McCann after doorstep attack in Edinburgh.

Reporting by Russell Findlay.

An online appeal has been launched to help acid attack mum Teresa McCann as she faces months of medical treatment.

The 37-year-old has lost part of her left ear and suffered extensive burns to her face and body which will require skin grafts.

The mum of seven has also been told that she may not fully regain her sight following the horror doorstep attack in Gracemount, Edinburgh, last Friday night.

Friends set up the webpage to help Ms McCann and her family as they face a long period of uncertainty over Christmas and beyond.

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So far it has raised £800 as she undergoes her first skin graft operation on Wednesday.

One donor wrote: "Wish it could be more, but all helps. Here's hoping many others dig deep during this terrible time of your lives. God speed a quick recovery."

A relative said: "It is not just Teresa's life which was turned upside down by this disgusting attack.

"Any money raised will give her peace of mind, knowing that the household bills will be getting paid and her kids will not go without.

"She has months of painful medical procedures ahead of her and that is where her focus should be, not worrying about feeding her family.

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"The response so far has been fantastic and she is truly grateful to all those who have been kind enough to help."

In an STV News interview from hospital, Ms McCann told how she feared she would die when a masked attacker threw a corrosive liquid onto her face and body.

The brave mum said: "My face was literally melting - the pain was indescribable.

"I really did think I was going to die. There's no motive as to why someone has done this."

The attack came as politicians in Wesminster and Holyrood are being urged to end delays to bringing in new laws to outlaw carrying acid in public.

Police continue to hunt for the masked attacker, who is described as being in his early 20s.

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