A DAD-OF-THREE who suffered a chemical attack leaving him blind has been told he needs a cornea transplant in one eye to help completely restore his sight.

Lee Deakin, 37, was outside his home in Sutton Manor on April 14 this year, when two men in bubble jackets threw a chemical substance at him, leaving him blind.

After being rushed to Whiston Hospital, he was referred to St Paul’s Eye Unit at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to try and save his sight.

He said: "I’d gone to get my charger out of the boot of my car at around 9pm, when I was jumped from behind and had a chemical liquid thrown on my face.

"All I could feel was intense burning - it felt like my face was melting off.

"I was instantly blind, but managed to find my way into my house and call for my partner, Amy, who called the emergency services.

"I ran into the bathroom and put the shower on, cold and full power, and blasted it into my eyes.

"All I could hear was Amy’s screams – I thought my face was falling off."

After being seen at St Helens Eye Clinic for checks and medication, Lee was referred to St Paul’s Eye Unit within the Royal Liverpool University Hospital because of the severity of his burns.

After an operation where surgeons transplanted amniotic membrane on both eyes, an operation which stitches the innermost layer of a placenta on to the front section of the eye to try and regrow the damaged cells, Lee could finally see.

However yesterday, Monday, October 21 it was announced that Lee will now need a cornea transplant on his left eye as the sight has been more damaged than previously expected.

No one has been arrested or charged with the attack on Lee.

Anyone with information about Lee’s attack is asked to contact police on Twitter via @MerPolCC, or call 101 quoting reference 0873 of 14 April or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.