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Ines Antonio undergoes first post-attack surgery

Doctors say the pro-bono surgery will repair some of the damage on her lower lip and underarms.

Ines Antonio was attacked by her ex-boyfriend who threw acid at her. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Almost a year after sustaining severe burns to her face and upper body in an acid attack Ines Antonio has now undergone the first surgery to repair some of the damage.

The 24-year-old mother was attacked by her then boyfriend Jan Pieterse.

Pieterse, who claims it was a horrible accident, will hear his fate this month when his attempted murder cases draws to a close.

Doctors say the pro-bono surgery performed today will repair some of the damage from the burns on her lower lip and underarms which are impeding her movement.

The plastic surgeon on the case, Dr Gabriel Doucas, said, "She needed lots of interventions to improve mobility of her shoulders and her neck. She has been suffering since November last year; and thankfully we had the opportunity through Netcare and Linksfield Hospital to embark on one of these operations."

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