Victim warns: never put your feet up on the dashboard

By on April 20, 2019
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It might seem innocent, but putting your feet up on the dashboard is actually very dangerous
You’ve got a long car journey ahead of you so you want to make things as comfortable as possible for yourself. Snacks, drink, good music: you’re ready for the journey. While someone else is driving, you can relax for a bit in the passenger seat. Putting your feet up on the dashboard makes for the ultimate relaxation, right? Maybe for a bit, but it can end pretty badly…

Luckily, Irish Gráinne Kealy lives to tell the tale.

Car accident
Thirty-five-year-old Gráinne Kealy has warned people through her Facebook page to not put their feet up on the dashboard. When she was 22, she got into a car accident that ended badly for her, partly because she had her feet up on the dashboard. She was in the car with her boyfriend when she decided to stretch her legs, not knowing her feet were lying directly on top of the airbag.

Airbag
Everything was fine until the car started to slip on some ice on the road. Gráinne and her boyfriend crashed into a wall. Because of the crash, the airbag inflated right where her feet were positioned. Gráinne’s knees knocked into her face with enormous force. Because airbags inflate with such speed, the impact of the crash and the airbag together caused her to hit herself in the face with her knees at a speed of 322 kilometres per hour.

Rehabilitation
Because of the impact of her knees, Gráinne had broken almost every bone in her face. Not only that, but cerebrospinal fluid leaked out of her skull and she also lost two teeth. Surgeons did everything they could to restore her entire face, but a year after the accident she experienced a setback. Her entire forehead had to be removed. Gráinne lived without a forehead for two years, until she received a ceramic forehead. Besides this, she also had to rehabilitate for a really long time and she still experiences problems with remembering things and concentrating. She has headaches on a regular basis and can’t deal with busy situations. She also can’t remember anything from the accident or the period surrounding it.

Warning
Gráinne now tries to warn as many people as she can via Facebook. She gets frustrated and annoyed when she sees celebrities share pictures of their feet up on the dashboard via Instagram and Snapchat. Gráinne thinks they should set a good example since they have a big audience and are often seen as role models.

Well, we certainly have been warned and won’t ever put our feet up on the dashboard again, that’s for sure.

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