Nils Bohlin, an engineer at Volvo, invented the three-point seatbelt in 1959. Volvo then gave away their most important invention to save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), estimates that more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States because of seatbelts. A seatbelt reduces the risk of death in vehicle accidents by around 50%. While many people unintentionally forget to buckle-up, some do it intentionally. Whatever the case was, one woman’s life changed completely after she was involved in a horrifying car crash.
A 25-year-old woman who was involved in a car crash in America suffered severe trauma to the face
After being involved in a car accident, the woman had to be rushed to the emergency room. Since she did not have a seatbelt on during the time of the incident, she suffered traumatic brain and eye injury, severe facial fractures and intracranial hemorrhaging.
A CT scan revealed the extensive damage.
After performing the CT scan, an ophthalmology surgeon who was assigned to perform a procedure to not only save the woman’s life, but also reconstruct her bone structure, posted the pictures on Figure 1; a medical website that allows professionals to post anonymous patient cases. The ophthalmology surgeon posted,
‘A trauma work-up revealed a traumatic brain injury with intracranial hemorrhage, a traumatic eye injury requiring enucleation, and extensive facial fractures.
The ophthalmologist and his team worked tirelessly to perform a procedure not only to save her life, but also reconstruct her bone structure.
Thanks to a dedicated multidisciplinary team, the woman had her facial features completely reconstructed. The ophthalmology surgeon posted the before and after results on Figure 1, and has been viewed more than 643,398 times on the medical website. Medical experts from all around the world congratulated him on his successful efforts.
One user was quoted saying:
‘Looks like a masterpiece.’
Although most of the comments were positive, there were a couple of mixed reactions from several users. One registered user added:
‘With that much bone damage my guess is that he/she had no face left, just a mass of shredded flesh.’
An update from the surgeon revealed that even though the surgery was successful, the patient is still suffering from traumatic brain injury, Tracheostomy issues, C. Diff infection and Vertebral artery dissection management.
SoLongSidekick said, ‘Imagine having to try to put that puzzle back together. There’s skin and tissue always preventing you from seeing what’s actually going on, and a billion tiny splinters of bone to deal with. This is a freaking masterpiece of modern medicine – a registered user from Figure 1.
The images were posted on Figure 1 around two years ago, but will remain a reminder of the importance of seatbelts. Today, the woman is completely recovered but suffers from depression and anxiety.
“Just saw the patient in clinic today. She is very depressed but remarkable how she is recovering. Completely alert and oriented and walking.” – the ophthalmology surgeon.