Woman left fearing she'd die when claw clip lodged in her scalp after horror car crash
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A woman whose hair clip sliced through her head after a car crash was fearful she was going to die.
The horrific incident occurred when Jeena Panesar lost control of the car while driving home from work in Swadlincote, Derbyshire on January 24th.
As the 19-year-old was travelling at 50mph on a 60mph road, the car accidentally skid for 50 metres into a tree and flipped over.
While wearing a claw clip, her head crashed into the roof of the car and the hair accessory was lodged into her skull.
She somehow managed to escape the wreckage and flag down a driver before passing out and taken to a hospital.
Although the 10cm-long clip was removed from her skull, it left a 30cm wound running from the back of her scalp to her left eyebrow.
Jeena is now urging other motorists to not wear claw clips while driving and to opt for using an elastic bobble instead.
The teenager from Derbyshire said: "It's sad to say but I kind of thought I was going to die.
"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.
"When the clip was in the back of my head, they [the paramedics] didn't let me see the damage that had been done because they didn't want to scare me.
"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.
"Now I've seen it's happened to other people too so I'm part of a rare handful of people in this world who have experienced that.
"Don't wear a claw clip whatsoever when driving. If you want to tie your hair up, just use a rubber band."
After remaining in hospital for three days, surgeons were able to stitch up the skull-deep wound.
Six weeks later, Jeena has a lengthy scar and has lost movement in her left eyebrow due to muscle damage in her forehead - but she's on the road to a healthy recovery.