A WOMAN has been left unable to move after a claw hair clip became lodged in the back of her head.
Jeena Panesar had her hair done up with the accessory when she had been driving home from work on January 24.
The student teacher was driving at 50mph on a 60mph road when her vehicle hit a tree and she lost control of the car.
Her car skid 50 metres before flipping over and crushing the 19-year-old's head against the roof.
The impact of the crash rammed the claw clip into the back of Jeena's head until 'most or all' of the hair accessory was embedded skull-deep in her flesh.
Jeena escaped the wreckage and desperately sought help from a nearby motorist before passing out and being blue-lighted to hospital where the 10cm-long clip was removed.
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Shocking images revealed the damage the clip caused, with a 30cm wound running from the back of her scalp to her left eyebrow.
Six weeks after the ordeal, Jessica was unable to move after she had to have the back of her head stitched up.
Now, she urging all drivers to ditch the clips in favour of a bobble – to avoid the same experience.
Jeena, from Derby, Derbyshire, said: "It's sad to say but I kind of thought I was going to die.
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"When the car started crashing the claw clip wedged into the back of my head. Then the car roof clamped down into my head, so it was a joint effort from both.
"It was just really painful. If you've ever worn a claw clip and forgotten to take it out and lay down on your back, it's that pressure and that discomfort.
"I had to lie there with what I'm assuming is most or all of it stuck in the back of my head. I think I might have been really cold and just in too much shock to feel all of the pain."
She added that when the clip was in the back of her head, the paramedics didn't let her see the damage that had been done, as they didn't want to scare her.
"When I arrived at the hospital, a female nurse was like, 'oh that's probably really painful'. She turned me over and then took it out.
"Because I work in a school, I keep my hair up in a claw clip at the back because I can't be bothered to brush it.
"I didn't know wearing a claw clip while driving was a problem until I had the accident. It has definitely deterred me from wearing claw clips," she said.
The 5 times you should go to hospital if someone has injured their head
The NHS states you should go to hospital if someone has injured their head and:
- the injury was caused by a forceful blow to the head at speed, such as being hit by a car or falling one metre or more
- the person has had previous brain surgery
- the person has had previous problems with uncontrollable bleeding or a blood clotting disorder, or is taking medication that may cause bleeding problems, such as warfarin
- the person has been drinking alcohol or has taken drugs
- the injury wasn't accidental – for example, you deliberately hurt yourself or someone else hurt you on purpose
After the crash, Jessica was taken to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, where she stayed for three days.
It was here that surgeons cleaned and stitched up the skull wound.
Six weeks on from the incident, Jeena's still got a lengthy scar and has lost movement in her left eyebrow due to muscle damage in her forehead.
The NHS states that severe head injuries require immediate medical attention because there's a risk of serious brain damage.
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Guidance states: "Dial 999 immediately to request an ambulance if you're with someone who experiences any of these symptoms after sustaining a head injury.
"Alternatively, take them immediately to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department."
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