Woman Healing after Road Attack - Toronto Star February 8, 2006
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Woman healing after road attack – Doctor volunteers free scar treatment – ‘People are being very good to me’

by Tracy Huffman, Crime Reporter 

An optimist at heart, Nadia McLean is still amazed by the generosity of others. The 28-year-old Courtice woman said she has been overwhelmed by the attention she has received since a chunk of concrete was hurled at her car, smashing the windshield, striking her face and knocking her unconscious.

“I’m happy to see that my faith in humanity is well founded,” she said yesterday. “I’ve always believed in being good to others. People are being very good to me.” McLean, a high school teacher at Ecole Seconda ire Catholique Saint-Charles-Garnier in Whitby, said she is feeling better each day. “I feel like the luckiest person. This experience has proven to me there are so many awesome people in the world,” said McLean, who is trying to rest and heal at the Courtice home she shares with her fiancé Gabriel Gagnon.“The phone has been ringing constantly, but I’m not complaining,” she said. 

McLean was driving along Highway 401 east of Simcoe St. in Oshawa early Jan. 29 when a chunk of concrete was thrown from the Albert St. overpass. 

The concrete knocked McLean unconscious, but her younger brother Eric, who was a passenger in the back seat, was able to take control of the car, steering it into the median. McLean suffered extensive damage to the right side of her face and underwent five hours of reconstructive surgery.

One Toronto doctor who specializes in cosmetic laser surgery was so bothered by the story that she wants to help McLean look her best in time for her July wedding. “I’ve seen her picture and I know that I can help her,” said Dr. Lisa Kellett, a dermatologist. “What happened to her is just awful.” Kellet said laser procedures are costly – up to $700 per treatment – and require many treatments. 

Kellett is offering her services for nothing. McLean called Kellet’s offer amazing. “I will definitely look into it. I’m not obsessed with my looks, but I do want the scars to be reduced as much as possible. It is a very generous offer,” said McLean. 

For now, McLean said she’s trying to take care of herself, and heal as quickly as possible and remain positive. “I need to get well so I can get back to my students. I want teenagers to be aware of long-term consequences of their actions,” she said. 

Like McLean, police are also optimistic that an arrest can be made in the case. “We’ve had dozens of calls,” said OPP Sgt. Cam Woolley. Anyone with information should call the OPP Whitby detachment at 1-905-668-3388 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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