BARBERTON, Ohio (CBS Cleveland/AP) — A northeast Ohio woman remains hospitalized after her hair got caught in a manufacturing machine and her scalp was ripped from her head.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Monica Thayer, 25, was clearing out a machine she operates during a Monday night shift at JR Engineering in Barberton, outside of Akron.
The newspaper says that’s when her hair became tangled in the machine, and her scalp was ripped from just above her eyebrows.
“It caught hold of her hair and just pulled her in,” Mary Thayer, Monica’s mother, told the Beacon Journal. “It literally tore the entire scalp off her head.”
Monica Thayer was taken to Akron General Medical Center and is listed Wednesday under serious condition. Her family tells the newspaper that surgeons reattached about 75 percent of her scalp, but plastic surgery will be needed in the future.
Mary Thayer believes the accident could have been prevented.
“The bottom line is that people’s safety is at stake,” she told the paper. “I’m just hopping mad about this.”
The engineering company did not immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday.
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