IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CROWN CLINIC – In this photo released on Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 2014, A doctor has told how he performed reconstructive surgery on women in Pakistan who had been scarred for ... more 
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CROWN CLINIC – In this photo released on Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 2014, A doctor has told how he performed reconstructive surgery on women in Pakistan who had been scarred for life in horrific acid attacks. Surgeon Asim Shahmalak spent £50,000 of his own money to rebuild the lives of six women who were disfigured - often for doing nothing more than spurning a man’s advances. Dr Shahmalak, from Cheadle, Greater Manchester, said some of the victims were attacked with sulphuric acid which can be bought for as little as 15p a bottle on the back streets of Karachi where the most of the women live. He took a team from Crown Clinic, the hair transplant centre he runs near Manchester Airport, for the mercy mission last week (Jan 22-24) and performed all the surgery for free at a clinic in Karachi. The skilled former NHS general surgeon had visited Karachi last year where he had met patients who required hair, eyebrow and eyelash transplants. He is one of only nine surgeons in the world with the skills to perform such surgery. Among those he helped was Kanwal Ashar, 24, who had acid thrown over her by a man who had been stalking her after she turned down his proposal. Fellow victim Kanwal Qayum, 26, was also doused in acid in her sleep by a friend who was jealous that she was starting a new job as an air hostess. You can read more details about Dr Shahmalak’s mercy mission here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13rVaNQk33PrgPVHRXumj1rj6nzazm4P297yHhwKsN0A/edit. (Shakil Adil/AP Images for Crown Clinic)Pakistan Acid attack survivor, Mona, 40, during a surgery at a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Jan. 23, 3014. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) less 
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Wed, Jan 29, 2014 4:33 AM EST