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Teenagers stable after acid attack
The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, where the two teenagers are receiving treatment after their return to Britain
Two teenagers attacked with acid in Zanzibar are said to be in a stable condition as they began a second evening in hospital.
Friends Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, were admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Friday where they are receiving treatment for burns inflicted in an unprovoked attack while they were on a volunteering holiday.
Family members of the pair are believed to be keeping a bedside vigil, after the teenagers were flown home on Friday and immediately sent to the capital's regional burns centre. A hospital spokesman confirmed the pair, from north London, continue to be treated by medics, and their conditions are described as "stable".
Miss Gee has already taken to Twitter to say: "Thank you for all your support x".
Their medic, Andy Williams, consultant burns and plastic surgeon, said: "We can confirm that Katie and Kirstie have been transferred to our care at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's burns unit where we're still assessing their injuries.
"Both families would like to thank everyone that's helped to bring the girls back. The families now wish to have time with the girls and that the media would respect their privacy at this difficult time."
A photograph released by the girls' families showed the injuries one of them suffered in the attack. The girl is shown wearing an open striped shirt and a silver necklace. What appear to be acid burns are clearly visible on her chin, neck and upper chest.
One of the girl's injuries are much worse than the other's, it was reported, because helpers used dirty water on her burns. One of the victims was reportedly immersed in the sea in the aftermath of the attack at Stone Town, a beach resort, and the salt water helped her skin.
"That completely altered the result: the salt water and the acid," Miss Trup's father, Marc, said. "The other girl panicked, ran around, made her way to a public toilet."
When "they got to the medical centre there was no shower", he added. "They were throwing dirty water at her."