A woman is speaking out to warn others about the dangers of placing your feet up on the dashboard once she was left with no forehead for a couple of years.
Gráinne Kealy was just 22 when a vehicle she had been in skidded on some black ice and hit a wall; her feet were propped on the dash, on the airbag, and were forced back into her face – breaking virtually every bone in her face.
Gráinne along with her boyfriend were rushed to hospital where she underwent surgery to correct the leak on her brain and the cracks to her face.
But just a couple of months later it was discovered that Gráinne had an infection in the bloodstream in her forehead, so medics were made to remove it in 2007. Gráinne then lived without a forehead for a couple of decades.
But, in June 2009 surgeons in Beaumont Hospital managed to rebuild Gráinne’s face by fitting a ceramic forehead.
In addition to undergoing numerous surgeries directly related to the crash, Gráinne claims the incident triggered a type of’domino effect’, leading to more problems and issues and that recovering from her acquired brain injury isn’t as easy as some people think.
Gráinne, with a four-year-old son, is currently speaking out to warn others about sitting with their feet up while being a passenger in a car.
Featured image Credit: GrÃ¡inne Kealy