Brazilian teen Débora Oliveira was taking part in a go-cart race in Boa Viagem, in Recife, when the accident happened.
Local media reports Débora (19) lost control of the vehicle and “crashed at least three times”. Though she was wearing a crash helmet, her hair came loose and got stuck in one of the wheels. Her scalp was ripped nearly clean off her skull.
“I felt a tug. I took the helmet off, untied my seatbelt and got up. I was bleeding. I was in shock and started screaming,” she told local media.
She was rushed to Restauracion Hospital, where she’s since spent a total of more than 15 hours in reconstructive surgery, which included hair and skin grafts.
Surgeons were able to replace 80% of the ripped-off scalp and hair. She now faces a long recovery that could take up to two years.
The Walmart centre where the race was held, issued a statement: “We regret this and are in contact with the family to provide the victim with the necessary assistance.”
Before the accident, Debora had long hair that hung past her hips.
So far, it doesn’t seem as if the incident will be investigated.
Source: Magazine Features