While living in the United Kingdom, 17-year-old Samira Omar was attacked by her classmates. The Canadian student was beaten and burned with boiling water, leaving her scarred and unrecognizable. Omar visited many plastic surgeons and dermatologists who told her she would never get her colour back.
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That is until she met para-medical tattoo specialist Basma Hameed in Toronto, Canada. Hameed knows how all her patients feel when they seek her help. The Iraqi born woman was severely burned when she was two years old with hot oil in a kitchen accident. After enduring over 100 painful procedures, she too was turned away by experts telling her there was nothing more they could do to help her.
Instead, Hameed went to school to learn cosmetic tattooing. She was her first patient, trying the learned practice on herself. And now she is treating Omar free of charge through her own charity the Basma Hameed Survivors Foundation. “When I hear her story, I felt like I relate so much. I wanted to reach out to and help as much as possible,” says Hameed.
Samira Omar was burned with scalding hot water by her school bullies.
She was left with scars and skin discoloration.
It all started when Hameed had her eyebrow tattooed after a failed eyebrow transplant.
“I was so happy that I thought to myself , why not do the same procedure using skin tone pigments on my scar tissue, to camouflage the discoloration,” says Hameed.
Hameed has given Omar new hope to live a normal life without the painful scars from her attack.
Burn victims have the misfortune of having visible scars that can be more painful and traumatizing than the burn itself. But now Basma Hameed has provided hope.
Tattoo Camouflages Scars and Burns