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Absolutely Horrible! Woman's Face Catches Fire During Surgery!

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Oh! That poor, poor woman!

Kim Grice was having three cysts removed when her face caught fire!

Doctors rushed her to the ER, but the damage was done. Her face had experienced major burns and subsequently intense scarring.

Her mother hasn't let her see herself yet, saying:

I still have not let her see or touch her face. She is a very beautiful girl, my only child, and I don't have an answer for her. Her eyes were too swollen for her to see me when I had visiting time this morning. She is just nauseated and I think, in shock. We all are.

The hospital is currently under intense investigation to find out the cause of the fire. …yeah, they better be!

Our thoughts are with this beautiful woman!

[Image courtesy of Grice Family via Crestview News Bulletin.]

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25 comments to “Absolutely Horrible! Woman's Face Catches Fire During Surgery!”



  1. 1

    How does that happen? Thats a lawsuit for sure.



  2. 2

    Nobody know what cause this accident ,but a similar case like this was in the news a few yrs back when a recent graduate nurse i think she was,was working in the e.r and pour too much alcohol and the women face caught on fire and died from the injuries.My prayers are with her and I wish her a full recovery and to be strong.



  3. 3

    How awful!



  4. 4

    Why was she trying to have her cysts removed!?
    She was born that way!!!



  5. 5

    Re: HAWTSTUFF – Your a fucking idiot and a waste of air, cysts produce and grow over time. Not her fault nor something she was born with or could've prevented. Take your pathetic fucking jokes elsewhere.



  6. 6

    Hawtstuff do you even know what cysts are?

    Well, she can't see herself yet, but it's a good thing the whole internet can before she does. Really responsible reporting right there.



  7. 7

    Oh I feel sorry for this woman, no one deserves that to happen to them but can someone explain how it's happened ?



  8. 8

    So her family hasn't yet let her see herself because it would be too devastating for her; but they take a picture of her scarred face and publicly post it for all the world to see? That's more sickening than the injury itself.



  9. 9

    Where are all the nutjobs who talk about tort reform… after all, a medical professional/corporation should never have to pay for their mistakes according to these psychos! They probably think this poor woman shouldn't even file a lawsuit - they hate accountability.



  10. 10

    Ummm… How has no one commented on the fact that she was in surgery and rushed to the ER… You leave the ER to go to surgery… once out of the ER you shouldn't need to go back. Meggie I agree with you.



  11. 11

    lawsuit! she can buy a new face. A better one.



  12. 12

    Re: tator13 – I think she was having the surgery, but because she experienced such a traumatic burn she had to be rushed to the ER because most surgical rooms don't have the equipment or the medicine handy to handle a severe burn like that…..that is the way I understood it anyway…:)



  13. 13

    Wow this is terrible. Prayers to her and her family. Stay strong girl.



  14. 14

    Maybe they were using a laser to remove the cysts and that is what caused it? Her skin doesn't look like it caught fire, it looks more like skin would look after it had several layers of skin removed, due to something like a laser. That would certainly cause smoke but I am not sure about flames….. either way, I think its pretty horrible of her mother to rrelease this picture. I would be PISSED if my mom did this. Aren't there confidentiality laws preventing this?



  15. 15

    How the hell does your face catch fire in the middle of surgery?? I'm gonna need a visual report on this? I'm gonna guess she was outpatient or why would they take her to emergency room. I demand they inform we the public of how this madness can occur.



  16. 16

    too bad it wasn't Kim K's face!



  17. 17

    The before photo kinda looks like drew barrymore



  18. 18

    SUCH A PRETTY GIRL HOPEFULLY IT CAN GET FIX SHE OR NOBODY DESERVES THIS NOT EVEN YOUR ENEMY I HOPE SHE CAN BE HERSELF AGAIN WHAT INRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE WHAT HOSPITAL WAS THIS SHE PROBAABLY WOULD HAVE LEFT THE CYST IF SHE KNEW IT I CAN IMAGINE THE PAIN SHES IN



  19. 19

    Re: tator13 – she could have been in a Dr's office having the procedure and rushed to the ER from there. I have had cysts removed and they were done in the Dr's office, in fact I have one right now that should be removed but now I am having 2nd thoughts. This is uncalled for. A good example of someone not paying attention on his/her job details.



  20. 20

    Ok soooo her mom won't let her see her own face but she releases a pic of it to the whole world?



  21. 21

    Working in an operating room, I can honestly say we are thoroughly trained every year on fire safety, even in simulation labs complete with smoke and power outages. There are horror stories like this sadly from time to time, but I have to stress the amount of fire prevention, safety and training the nurses, surgeons and anesthesiologists go through. Any operating room or minor procedure suite (I'm guessing she might have been at a dr's office or small procedure area) has an abundance of oygen, highly flammable anesthetic gases, and a fire source like laser or electrocautery. Even the prep solutions used to clean the surgical areas are flammable if they contain alcohol and aren't allowed to dry completely. Our surgeons aren't even permitted to use certain preps unless they have been trained and signed off after their technique is observed. But like anything in healthcare, there will always be the human element, meaning mistakes can and do happen. I feel horrible for this woman and for everyone involved. However, she is lucky in the sense that she must not have been intubated with a breathing tube…her lungs could have been burned quite easily and she would have probably not survived. Also I completely agree with the person who asked why her mother would post her picture for the world to see! Here's hoping she has a speedy recovery.



  22. 22

    Happens more often than you think. My aunt had this happen to her. It was a different procedure involving radiation, but her face caught fire. Traumatic. All the money in the world doesn't make it better.



  23. 23

    how the hell does a face catch fire? is it covered in gasoline? Plus even if it did catch proper fire is nobody there to instantly put it out? It cant be like a blazing inferno! Seems odd to me. I now actually need to see a face catch fire..



  24. 24

    I am a nurse anesthetist and can tell you that fires happen in the OR but very rarely. All OR personnel are trained in prevention and treatment of fires. In my area of expertise fires are caused by lasers used for surgery and oxygen I administer to patients. Oxygen is combustible, but necessary when a patient is under anesthesia. The lasers can also start a fire with some of the skin cleansers used in the patients skin prep. It is not necessary negligence.



  25. 25

    Most moisturizers, lotions, lip balms have some sort of a petroleum base to it. Combined with oxygen (most likely a nasal cannula or mask delivering oxygen), petroleum-based products can ignite without a spark. It's rare, but it does happen. It happened to me with simple Johnson & Johnson's Baby lotion on my face during a c-section. They didn't warn me and I didn't know. They just said no makeup and I thought it was because of bacteria. It didn't cause a fire on my face, but it did burn my skin around the areas where I had an oxygen mask and now I have small scars and discoloration. And considering they were working on her face, if they were, indeed, using lasers, small amounts of lotion/moisturizer could have ignited. It's not necessarily the hospital's negligence if this is the case and she was wearing moisturizer/lotion. The hospital I work for has petroleum free lotions and lip balms. Some fault, however, might be due to the hospital/surgery center if she was not warned.