A woman who lost her forehead in a car accident after putting feet on the dashboard, has urged others not to follow in her footstep.
Grainne Kealy, 35, broke every bone in her face during the accident after an airbag inflated and pushed her knees up towards her head.
She was left ‘unrecognisable’ in the crash, which happened while a passenger in her boyfriend’s jeep.
It skidded on black ice and hit a wall in December 2007, with Grainne ‘kneeing herself in the face’ at high speed. She suffered a leak to the brain, minor brain injury, and lost two teeth.
‘It breaks my heart that not nearly enough people know how dangerous it is,’ Grainne posted on Facebook.
‘It breaks my heart that I can’t reach enough people to warn them before another person has to go through what I had to go through.
‘Trust me when I say it is not worth it.’
Speaking out on social media, Grainne said:
‘My recovery has been very tough and because of the complications in May 2007 I am still recovering. ‘It has been a long long road.
I have no memory of the accident, the three months leading up to it or the month following it.
‘One of my first memories is looking in the mirror for the first time. I didn’t recognize the face looking back at me.’
They had been travelling from their home in Galway to Grainne’s hometown of Laois in Ireland when the accident happened in Borris-in-Ossary