Bethany Storro doesn't normally wear sunglasses. She said she just doesn't like them.
But for some reason the 28-year-old had the impulse to buy some shades Monday. It was a decision that may have saved her eyesight.
Not 20 minutes after that spontaneous purchase a complete stranger attacked her with a cup of acid.
"A woman approached her and said, 'Hey pretty girl,' and she turned around and she asked if she wanted something to drink and my daughter said, 'No,'" Storro's mother, Nancy Neuwelt told reporters.
The attacker then threw a cup of liquid into Storro's face.
"Once it hit me, I could hear bubbling and sizzling in my skin," Storro said from the hospital, her face covered in bandages.
The seemingly random attack took place in broad daylight, just outside a coffee shop in Vancouver, Wash.
"When I first saw her, [the attacker] had this weirdness about her. Like jealousy, rage," Storro said.
After the attack, Storro was rushed to surgery at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and underwent surgery.
"Who wakes up in the morning and says, 'I'm going to burn somebody's face?'" Neuwelt said. "It is pretty bizarre, but hopefully they catch her because I don't want this to happen to anybody else."
Despite feeling what she described as the greatest pain of her life, Storro said she will eventually forgive her attacker.
"Because if I don't it's hard to move on," she said. "God is watching over me. … I believe in him. That his hands are on me and I can't live the rest of my life like that – in fear. I can't let what she did to me wreck me life.
"I have an amazing family and friends that love me and I'm blessed," she added.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Says Bethany Storro, who was attacked with a cup of acid in Vancouver on Monday. ABC News reports, "Woman Badly Burned in Acid Attack Still 'Happy': Bethany Storro Horrifically Burned in Seemingly Random Acid Attack, Glasses Purchase Saved Her Sight":