Nafiah Ikram, 21, was in the driveway of her Elmont home on March 17, when a man approached her from behind and threw a dark-colored substance in her face, according to the Nassau County Police Department.
“I started to cry and, like, I was panicking. I was like, ‘Dad, someone threw something in my face!’ And he was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s acid,'” Ikram said.
She was rushed to the hospital and treated for serious injuries to her eye and throat and burns on her arms, the affiliate reported.
“She was in the hospital for three weeks, and she’s still not able to eat properly,” her father Sheikh Ikram told WCBS. “She can’t see anything good. Only one eye is working.”
“I can just see colors, but that’s it,” Ikram said to WCBS.
A surveillance camera captured video of the attack, but the suspect is hard to see. Ikram told WCBS that she didn’t recognize the attacker and he didn’t say anything to her. The family told WCBS that they don’t believe it was a hate crime.
Nassau County Police Department told CNN that officials are looking for a man, who is approximately 6’2″ tall, with a skinny build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gloves, police said in a statement.
The attack has led to an outpouring of support for Ikram.
“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi, who said she’s known the family for a decade, urged people to share any information they might have with police.
“Nafiah has stayed incredibly strong throughout this horrific event,” the GoFundMe description reads. “Nafiah’s only wish is that the attacker is caught so that she can feel safe in her own home.
Nassau County Police said they are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
“My whole life changed in a matter of five minutes,” Ikram told WCBS. “We don’t realize what we have until it’s gone.”