Birthday girl has eyelid ripped off by chihuahua as she gets her lashes done
A birthday girl went to get her eyelashes done for her party – only for her entire eyelid to be torn off by the lash technician’s chihuahua.
Kelsey Salmon had wanted a makeover for the occasion but ended up spending her special day recovering in bed after undergoing surgery to have her eyelid reattached.
After finding her usual technician was fully booked, the 23-year-old instead found an alternative on Instagram – a decision she soon lived to regret.
Moments after her beauty treatment finished, the technician’s dog – which she had been stroking happily earlier – lunged at her in an unprovoked attack.
Horrifying photos show Kelsey’s entire eyelid lay discarded still with her brand new extensions still attached, while other images show her looking at the camera with her entire left eyeball exposed.
The sales worker ended up spending her birthday waiting hours in hospital before she underwent emergency surgery to reattach the flesh, leaving it sewn shut for 10 days and will take up to a year to heal.
TikTok videos Kelsey made about her ordeal in which she understandably dubbed it the ‘worst lash extension experience’ went viral with two of them racking up a combined 8.1million views.
Kelsey, from Atlanta, Georgia, US, said: “It took place at the girl’s apartment, and this was the first time I’d ever met her. The living room was empty, aside from a lash bed in the middle of the room.
“I lay down to get started, and I could hear the dog barking in her room. This chihuahua runs in and jumps up on the bed. I start petting him, everything’s fine.
“Eventually, she’s finished with the lashes and I sit up. The dog’s sitting on the floor, I look down at him and he’s just staring at me.
“Then, out of nowhere – it happened so fast that I didn’t have time to pull back – he jumped up, bit me in the face and broke my eyelid off.
“It happened so fast that at the time, I didn’t know what he’d grabbed. There was blood everywhere, and I was trying to catch the blood, saying ‘What did he grab?’.
“My eyelid was on the floor, and the girl picked it up. I looked at myself in my front camera and that’s when I started freaking out.
“I’m so lucky he didn’t grab onto my actual eye because that could have been a thousand times worse.
“I was bawling my eyes out, she gave me a dirty blanket off the floor to stop my bleeding. She’s calling the ambulance, I’m calling my mum to meet me at the hospital”.
When she arrived at hospital, Kelsey says she had to wait for around seven hours because of the specialist ocular plastic surgeon needed to treat her.
Paramedics had to wrap the eyelid in gauze and put it on ice with one nurse even saying she felt nothing could be done, Kelsey says.
The nightmare ordeal continued into the early hours of the next day, with the birthday girl eventually going into surgery at around 1am.
The eyelid is miraculously healing well despite doctors warning her the odds were against her – but it may take up to year to heal.
Kelsey said: “They honestly didn’t think the eyelid was going to take, because none of the doctors or nurses I spoke to had seen a full eyelid come off.
“They were in uncharted territory. They were hopeful but the odds were against me.
“I now take antibiotic drops four times a day, and I also put on a prescription gel four times a day – just to keep it moist.
“They wanted my eye to be able to breathe during the day, but at night I’m wearing a metal eyepatch with holes.”
Kelsey has since been given the go ahead to travel to Hawaii – a holiday she had planned for her birthday before becoming waylaid by the nightmare ordeal – but still suffers pain.
“Because I’m looking out of one eye, I get an eye ache. I get migraines, I don’t trust myself to drive yet. There’s a lot of little things – your eye affects a lot,” she said.
“I just want people to not take their eyelids for granted. It really sucks not having one. I would also advise people not to go to anybody’s house for lashes or nails. Always go to a reputable salon.
“This experience has made me look at dogs differently. I have dogs myself, and I don’t think of them differently because I know they wouldn’t randomly attack me.
“But everyone else’s dogs, I’m hesitant around. Dogs are very unpredictable, I can see that now and I’m very careful as a result.”