The first hours were critical when Sandra, 26 years old, was admitted to Andalucía's major burns unit at the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville, with 45 per cent of her body scorched by sulphuric acid.
The attack in Cártama - allegedly carried out by her ex-partner, a 26-year-old man known as 'El Melillero' and wanted by police - caused "very deep" burns, according to the initial medical reports. The first examinations also pointed to the possibility that the acid had caused deeper damage.
However, the mayor of Casabermeja, José María García, has told SUR that an update on her condition gives hope: "The acid has not damaged Sandra's vital organs; at least there is one ray of light."
Despite this medical experts in Seville say that the young woman is still not out of danger. Hospital sources said in a statement, “Her condition continues to be very serious.”
Cristina, Sandra's friend who was also in the car when it was sprayed with acid, remains in the burns unit at the Malaga Regional Hospital with chemical burns on 25 per cent of her body, mainly on the face and lower limbs. Her condition is described as serious but stable.