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TV show leads to elite surgery for acid-attack victim

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A Quebec woman who was disfigured in an acid attack will have her scars treated by laser surgery in the United States -- thanks to Anderson Cooper's show.

Tanya St-Arnauld appeared on Anderson Live on Wednesday in New York City, where she received the news a Florida-based dermatologist would fly her down for treatment.

St-Arnauld was allegedly attacked by her ex-boyfriend after an argument last August near Montreal.

She suffered serious burns to her head and upper body and was in a medically induced coma for days. Though she has spent months in rehab, she still has extensive scars and must wear a wig.

Dr. Jill Waibel of the Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute will offer treatment using lasers and other procedures to help reduce the scars.

St-Arnauld wiped away tears and referred to the gift as a miracle.

On the talk show, she discussed the attack, which police say was done with concrete cleaner.

"Mainly on my arms, my chest, my back, my side, all over my head," she told Cooper about the location of her injuries. "Pretty much the top part of the body."

She said she couldn't see what was happening.

The first shot got her squarely in the eye, St-Arnauld recounted.

"I kept thinking, 'I'm going to be blind,"' she said.

"It was a pain like no other."

Nikolas Stefanatos of Brossard, Que., was charged in the attack, with three counts of assault. He remains behind bars after a judge refused to grant him bail last October.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 1, 2013 A12

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Updated on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM CST: replaces photo

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