Freak sulphuric acid accident scars local woman for life: “I’ve always been beautiful and now all that is gone”

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Ethel Mopane* still has nearconstant pain after being burned with sulphuric acid.
Ethel Mopane* still has nearconstant pain after being burned with sulphuric acid.
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She watched in horror as her  skin melted off her arms and  legs and a horrific burning  sensation enveloped her  body. 

“I saw my dress just melt. My arms  were also starting to melt. I didn’t  know what was happening. I felt weak  and dizzy and thought I was dying,”  Ethel Mopane* says. 

She remembers that morning like it  was yesterday: a truck carrying 28 000  litres of sulphuric acid had overturned  and spilt its load, contaminating a  nearby river.

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