Acid attack victim drops suicide plan after meeting Pope

Pope Francis and Conseula Cordoba (YouTube)

An acid attack victim who had planned her own death by euthanasia has changed her mind after talking to Pope Francis, the Daily Mail UK reports.

Colombian Consuela Cordoba, who was horrifically injured in an acid attack 17 years ago, planned to end her life with a doctor's help as euthanasia is legal in her home country in certain circumstances.

But when she recently met the Pontiff during his recent trip to Colombia and asked him for approval to end her life, he refused to give it, saying she was "very brave and very pretty".

Ms Cordoba decided there and then she would not kill herself.

She was injured when her ex-partner, Dagoberto Esuncho, threw acid over her in 2000 – a crime for which he served a meagre one month in prison.

In an interview with NPR in 2012, Conseula said: "I had perfect teeth, I was very pretty. But now, I'm destroyed."

"I've thought about committing suicide," she said. "I say to myself, why live? With a life like the one I have, what for?"

Ms Cordoba has since undergone 87 operations in an attempt to reconstruct her face.

She needs tubes in her nostrils to breathe, can only consume liquid food through a straw and has to wear a mesh body suit at all times. Her recent diagnosis of a brain infection made her decide to end her life with the help of doctors.

The date was set for September 29, so when Pope Francis visited Colombia last week as part of a five-day visit, Ms Cordoba asked him for his approval for her plan. She had been selected to talk to the Pope and was brought out of the crowd.

The two hugged before Ms Cordoba asked him to allow her to end her life.

She said: "He said 'no', he was not going to do it. He told me that I was very brave and very pretty. That changed my life. Now I want to live.

"Dr Gustavo Quinonez was going to give me the injection, but I'm not going to do it because God is going to bring greatness to my life."


Acid attack victim who had arranged her own euthanasia is talked out of killing herself by the Pope after he told her she was 'very brave and very pretty' (Daily Mail UK)


Acid attacks a rising menace for Colombian women (NPR)

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