A Czech woman has almost completely recovered from a horrific accident in which her hair and scalp were ripped off by an electric drill, after undergoing surgery which replaced the lost skin using grafts from her arms and legs.
Petra Novotna, a mother-of-four, was using the electric drill with her hair tied up in a ponytail. However, a few strands of hair became wrapped up in the drill and in a fraction of a second the rest of the hair was sucked in around the drill bit.
Her head was then pulled forward and the drill tore off the skin of her head, in a line from her eyes and the top of her nose, all the way around to the back of her head. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Mother-of-four Petra Novotna was scalped after her ponytail became tangled in a spinning electric drill.
2. The powerful device tore the skin across the top of her eyes and bridge of her nose in the horrifying accident.
After her cries raised an alarm, the 27-year-old woman from the village of Tremosna was rushed to the nearby hospital in a critical condition.
Ms. Novotna, who works as a volunteer firefighter, revealed that the incident had occurred earlier this month. She explained:
I had my hair in a ponytail. My hair wrapped round the working electric drill and was pulled out.
I remember everything. I went to run and then I saw my scalp was no longer attached to me, it was lying next to me instead.
3. Ms. Novotna, who works as a volunteer firefighter, then underwent a nine hour skin graft operation.
4. Doctor Andrej Sukop (pictured) said he was pleased with the results of the complicated nine-hour operation.
Ms. Novotna was in a serious condition when she was taken to surgeons at the clinic of plastic surgery at the University Hospital of Vinohrady in the capital Prague.
The terrifying accident had left almost half of the woman’s skull exposed. However, as the tattered remains of her scalp were impossible to reattach, surgeons had to use tissue from other parts of Ms. Novotna’s body.
The head of the clinic and Ms. Novotna’s doctor Andrej Sukop said:
We took an 8 to 10centimetres long vascular graft from the patient’s arms and legs and we put them on her face.
5. Petra Novotna pictured in hospital following the horrific accident with the powerful electric drill.
Ms. Novotna says she is happy that the accident’s after-effects will not be so dramatic. A few weeks after the surgery, she can now smile again and is looking forward to going back home.
Doctor Sukop was also satisfied with the results of the complicated nine-hour-long surgery. He said:
We are very happy, and in fact the operation was such a success that we have already had several inquiries from other hospitals who want more details on exactly what we did.
6. A Czech mother is scalped in an electric drill accident.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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