A woman in Dallas, Texas, had her scalp reattached after getting her ponytail caught in a conveyor belt at work.
Reyna Gonzalez, 34, was working at a recycling plant on July 24 when her ponytail reportedly got caught in the conveyor belt. Around 70 percent of her scalp was ripped off, reports NBC DFW.
“I remember saying to myself, 'This is it. I’m going to die here,'” Gonzalez told NBC DFW.
She added that she clearly remembers a pulling feeling, but her mind otherwise went completely black during the terrifying incident. Except, that is, for her memory.
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“I remember again, the first thing that came to my mind was my three girls. And at that point, I don’t know where I got some strength out, and I pulled myself to the front to try to get away from those rolling things,” she said.
After pulling away from the machine, Gonzalez looked around to find her co-workers covering their faces in horror.
“At that point, what I did is touch my head, and the only thing I could feel is my skull,” she said.
The mother was rushed to a nearby hospital, where the help of plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Pierce — who happened to be in the emergency room at the time of Gonzalez’s arrival — was requested.
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“If they come in asking for my help, it's usually a pretty bad injury,” he said.
Pierce was able to reattach the existing scalp to Gonzalez’s face successfully. This week, the traumatized worker returned to the surgeon for a follow-up.
“Everything has healed. No complications at this point," Pierce said. "Her hair is growing back, so at this point we are working on scar massage and getting back into a normal life.”
A month after the accident, Gonzalez said she’s grateful that her life was saved.
“I give thanks to God and the doctor for being here, because thanks to them, I’m still here,” she said.
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