Woman, 24, blinded after home-made makeup leaves both eyes with horrific burns

A woman has been blinded after using home-made cosmetics, although doctors have promised she will one day see again.

Marta Bustos, 24, moved from Spain to Seattle and reportedly stayed there “for love”.

She had been making soap and home-made cosmetics when she splashed caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) into her eyes, leaving them both horrifically burned.

She was taken to a local hospital, which then rushed her to the Harborview Medical Centre where she was treated for the burns and told she would need a cornea transplant.

“Marta had a medical team who stabilised her eyes until Sunday,” her mother Anna Gongora said.



“Now she has been assigned a team of two doctors who are more specialised in the matter.

“This team has assured her for the first time that she will recover her sight. We do not know what percentage she will gain, but we know she will see again.

“This has been an injection of energy for Marta and for all of us who love her and wish her the best. When she was explaining it to us she was crying all the time.”



Woman, 24, blinded after home-made makeup leaves both eyes with horrific burns

Local media report Ms Gongora has not been able to travel to the United States to visit her daughter because of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The family set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Ms Bustos’ medical bills, and ended up collecting more than €246,000 (£222,814) – far more than their initial goal of €75,000 (£67,879).



Woman, 24, blinded after home-made makeup leaves both eyes with horrific burns

In reponse to some people questioning why they had kept the campaign active long after exceeding their goal, Ms Gongora told local media they will end the GoFundMe on June 30 with the help of a legal advisor who will help the family make the process as transparent as possible.

“We want to send a message to say thank you to all the people who have made an effort to help us in every possible way. We have realised that there are a lot of good people that without knowing Marta have got involved a lot.



Woman, 24, blinded after home-made makeup leaves both eyes with horrific burns

She said the family doesn’t know how much Ms Bustos’ treatment will ultimately cost.

“We do not have a budget for the whole process, we only know that Marta has been operated on four times and she has been in hospital for nine days.”

The family said on social media that they will give what is left of the donations after the cornea transplant to charity.

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