A woman is recovering after her scalp was ripped off in an accident at work.
Stephanie Adkins’ hair became caught in a sheet metal cutting machine when she went to pick something up off the floor.
The skin from around her head, neck and an ear were torn off, leaving her with horrific injuries.
She’s now in hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she underwent a seven-hour operation with surgeons pulling the skin back over her scalp and ear.
Surgeons had to take blood vessels and veins from Stephanie’s leg to help repair the damage to her skin.
After the skin graft, an optical surgeon will access the damage done to her eyes as it is not yet known if her sight will return.
Stephanie’s father, Mike Adkins, 53, said: ‘She was screaming and they had to unravel her hair and scalp from the machine then she was driven to hospital.
‘When I first saw Stephanie she was very scared. I said “dad’s here – everything is going to be alright”.
‘I’ve always instilled that in my kids. I’m their rock, their security. When dad is there, everything is going to be alright.’
Stephanie’s 11-year-old daughter Angel is being looked after by the family until Stephanie recovers.
Mike added: ‘Angel has been crying for her mum. We took her to the hospital but she hasn’t be allowed to see Stephanie yet as it’s too graphic.
‘At the moment they know there are scratches on her cornea but they don’t know how bad it is or whether it has damaged her eye sight.
‘Right now her medical team are doing the best job they can.
‘They have got the most updated medicine and tech in the world.
‘I have to give kudos to her doctors and cosmetic surgeon. She’s in excellent hands.’
Stephanie is believed to have worked at the unnamed company for the last eight months.
The distraught family are raising funds to help Stephanie.
Mike said: ‘We want to help with medical cost but also she’s going to be out of work for some time.
‘I’m not sure when or if she’ll be able to work again.
‘So the funds will help her get back on her feet.’