'Long road ahead' for woman left stabbed, scalded
The family of an innocent woman who was stabbed, scalded and beaten in her flat has described her injuries as "unimaginable".
Simone Lee (37) was in her flat at Hassetts Villas in Thomondgate in Limerick city when she was attacked late on Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday morning. She is still in an induced coma in University Hospital Limerick.
It is hoped she can be transferred to Cork University Hospital or a Dublin hospital this week.
"Simone is still critically ill, she has a long, hard road ahead and we will be here for her," said her sister Una.
A man who was arrested by gardaí in relation to the attack was released without charge on Monday and a file on the matter is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Today Simone's family told of the extent of her injuries.
"They are unimaginable," said Una.
"She has burns to her face, and burns to her upper body and shoulders. Her ears are burned and her lips are swollen too, but as far as we are aware she didn't ingest what scalded her, which is good.
"Simone also has a number of injuries to her back and has a punctured lung as a result, and for that reason she is on a machine to help her breathe."
It is believed Simone was stabbed in the back.
"There are also different knocks to her head and face and she has stitches in many areas, including heavy suturing around her eyes and her eyebrows. The doctors and nurses are doing incredible work and they are in constant touch with their colleagues in Cork and Dublin," Una said.
"We are concentrating on getting her better. That is our priority as a family. Simone is an amazing girl and an incredible fighter, but she has a massive, long road ahead.
"We have full faith in the gardaí and they are keeping us informed."