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Our surgeon Asim Shahmalak’s journey of hope for Pakistan’s acid attack victims

Posted in on Tue, December 17, 2013

Regular readers of this blog will know that our surgeon Asim Shahmalak often appears on TV.

Some of you may have seen him on ITV's Granada Reports back in October when he was interviewed about his mercy mission to Pakistan.

You can view journalist  Mel Barham's excellent report here:

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2013-10-04/doctors-journey-of-hope-for-pakistans-acid-attack-victims-note-distressing-content-from-start/

Dr Shahmalak explained that in Januar next year he will returning to his home city of Karachi to help victims of horrific acid attacks.

His will be taking a team from the Crown Clinic who will perform hair transplant and eyelash and eyebrow transplants on these 'forgotten' victims -  free of charge.

Many of these women have been horrrifically scarred for life for simply spurning the advances of a man.

The personal cost of the mercy mission to Mr Shahmalak will be £50,000,  but he is very keen to give something back to the community he grew up in.

He told Granada Reports: "I am going to use my expertise to help them out. It is basic humanity - why should these people suffer through no fault of their own?

"They get no help from their own government. They are not accepted socially - they are not accepted in jobs.

"They currently have no hope.

"We aim to restore their hope and help to rebuild their lives."