THE victim of an acid attack has spoken out about her horrific ordeal as her ex-boyfriend was jailed for 11 years.

Dr Rym Alaoui was attacked by her jealous former partner - who disguised himself as a woman and attacked her on the doorstep of her home in Brighton.

The junior doctor said she fears for her future after Milad Rouf left her unable to work and with life-changing injuries.

Lewes Crown Court heard how Dr Alaoui has had five operations since the attack in May and is unable to close her eyelids.

In a statement, she told the court: "When I came to answer the door that day, a substance I now know to be sulphuric acid was thrown into my face.

"Since the day I was subject to this horrific attack, my life has changed. I live in pain and fear of my future wellbeing and financial hardship.

"The impact of the attack includes severe damage to my right eye which I am still unable to see out of. Damage to eye lids and damage to skin on face neck and arm.

The Argus: Milad Rouf being led into Lewes Crown Court this morning.Milad Rouf being led into Lewes Crown Court this morning.

"I am unable to move my neck and close my eyelids. I have had five surgeries. I'm still trying to come to terms with more procedures and operation. I am unable to attend work or live my life.

"I have been robbed of years of my career and young adult life. The psychological effect had been colossal on me my family and loved ones.

"I cannot begin to imagine why somebody would commit such a premeditated and horrible attack. I cannot understand what was in his mind."

Dr Alaoui ended her relationship with Rouf before moving to Brighton where she worked as a junior doctor at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Rouf knocked on Dr Alaoui's door in Steine Gardens at at 4.20pm on May 20.

He showed his ex-girlfriend a note and threw the acid in her face as she looked down to read it.

She was taken from her flat to the Royal Sussex Hospital, less that 1 km away, where she was treated by colleagues.

Rouf admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and using sulphuric acid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure or disable at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to 11 years in custody with an extended sentence of another four years. He will serve at least three quarters of the 11 years in custody before being release on licence.

A spokesman for Sussex police said that Dr Alaoui has been inspirational since the attack.

He said: "I’d like to thank the victim for showing such incredible bravery and dignity throughout. She has been inspirational."

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