No one could imagine that a simple trip to the beauty salon could end up in disaster. Unfortunately, such a trip nearly cost a Californian woman her life. Elizabeth Smith from San Diego was brought into the hospital more dead than alive after suffering a debilitating head stroke.
Here are the facts in Misses Smith’s case. Approximately two years, ago, the 48-year-old woman from California, and mother of two children, went to a beauty parlor in San Diego for a quick cut and rinse. During the beauty session, the woman from California said that her neck was placed in an uncomfortable position.
However, after she left the salon, she forgot all about the issue. Smith recalls that, approximately two weeks later, she began to experience several strange symptoms. At first, she said, the symptoms were mild, ranging from discomfort in her cervical area to brief muscle spasms.
As the day went by, Smith’s symptoms kept becoming worse. On the day she was brought to the hospital, the woman recalls that her left leg and left arm were so weak, that she was unable to move them. Moreover, Elizabeth added that by the time she arrived at the hospital, she could barely move.
Once arrived at the hospital, the doctors immediately subjected her to a CT scan. According to Smith’s physicians, the 48-year-old woman suffered a severe head stroke due to her neck’s position at the beauty parlor.
Apparently, Smith’s neck was so extended, that one of her cervical vertebrae sliced open an artery, which, in turn, led to a clot that traveled to her brain.
Two years later, Elizabeth Smith is not out of the woods yet. The woman declared that she still has a problem maintaining her balance and that she cannot she clearly with one of her eyes. Furthermore, the doctors told her that the original clot is still in her brain and that if the clot moves even by a millimeter, the woman will die.
Smith, who apparently amassed 250.000 dollars in medical bills, will sue the San Diego beauty parlor. The woman said that the workers could have adjusted the chair’s neck support to make her feel more comfortable. If only they’ve made these adjustments, none of this would have happened, said Elizabeth Smith.
Clifford Segil, a neurologist who heard of misses Smith’s case, said that the woman’s condition is quite rare, but not impossible. The doctor declared that Elizabeth suffered from a condition called “Beauty Parlor Syndrome.” He explained that when the neck is hyperextended, one of the cervical vertebrae can slice an artery, thus leading to the formation of a blood clot.