Gessica was allegedly attacked by her ex-boyfriend
Gessica Notaro has been left with scarring from her forehead to her chin after having acid poured on her face outside her home in Rimini.
She spent two months “imprisoned” in her hospital room in Cesena as she recovered from her horrific injuries, and now wears a mask to cover her injuries.
The 28-year-old could only speak to visitors through a glass window, and her mother needed to be fully sterilised before entering the room.
Ms Notaro now faces a year-long wait until she is well enough for plastic surgery, and spends £600 a month on medication, eye drops and lotions in an effort to reduce her incredible pain.
Speaking for the first time since being discharged from hospital, she told MailOnline: “I did my own two months of prison. I can't live life as I used to. I can't go out in the Sun, am constantly trapped in this mask and my face hurts all the time.
“I have to spend all my money on medication – every half hour I need eye drops and I have to moisturise my skin constantly. I cannot do my job because I can't go in the water.
“Even when I'm better, I will have scars on the inside for the rest of my life. I will always be scared to get out of my car and walk home because I will relive that scene again and again.'
The aspiring singer met ex-boyfriend Jorge Edson Tavares, originally from Cape Verde, three years ago when they both worked at a dolphin aquarium in her home city.
The couple met while working with dolphins in the Italian town of Rimini
Tavares, who has been accused of the attack, was arrested in the aftermath of the acid attack on Ms Notaro and remanded in custody on suspicion of carrying out the assault.
He is in prison awaiting trial.
Despite being accused of the horrific acid attack on her, Ms Notaro insists that Tavares had been the model boyfriend during their relationship.
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However, she said this changed once the couple parted ways last August, with claims that he became jealous and began stalking her.
She said: “He followed me everywhere I went, threatened me and never left me alone.”
Gessica remains hopeful for the future despite being scarred for life
Eventually Ms Notaro went to the police, giving them evidence, including WhatsApp messages from Tavares, which allegedly included threats to 'ruin' her life but they merely ordered him to stay away from her and was issued a harassment order.
However, despite these measures in place, an attack took place on January 10 – allegedly carried out by Tavares.
Ms Notaro said: “I think he was hidden behind other cars – he must have crawled on the floor and crept behind mine. As soon as I put my head out of the window I saw him come towards me from the back of the car and throwing the acid at me.
“I actually felt the plastic of the bottle on my face. He lifted his arm to make sure he emptied the bottle completely and didn't leave one drop. My face was burning and I instantly started losing my sight.”
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However, despite the impact of the attack, Ms Notaro insists that she does not want revenge.
Ms Notaro said: “The only thing I would really like is for him to see me and see what he has done”
Former bodyguard Tavares denies the attack and remains in prison awaiting trial.