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IN People ON 13 Mar, 2016
19-year-old Chole Thompson suffered a terrible car crash when she was just 11. The horrific accident left her in a very bad situation, shattering several bones and features, because of which the doctors had to go as far as removing her face! Because of these procedures that she had to undergo, she also faced shocking taunts by heartless bullies during her childhood. But now, thanks to the skills of surgeons, she has been able to refigure her face. Check it out.
When Chole was 11-year-old, she became the victim of a horrible car crash that left her in a very bad condition. The situation was so bad that the doctors had to remove her face so as to work on the shattered features beneath it. Because of the way it left her looking, she had to face shocking taunts from heartless bullies throughout her childhood.
"I broke almost every bone in my body and face but I don't want what happened to me to define who I am anymore. "I don't recognise the girl before the accident or the girl after, they seem like different people. "I finally feel like me now," she said.
She was going out with a relative in the October holidays of 2008 with her sister and cousin when their car went down an embankment and smashed into a tree, which broke and crashed down on top of the car. While everyone else escaped uninjured, Chloe, who was sitting in the back passenger side, could not. She took the full impact of the crash, which shattered the window by her face. She had to be airlifted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley before being transferred to the Yorkhill children's hospital in Glasgow.The medical treatment that followed was awful as well, and hope seemed less. Metal rods were inserted into Chloe's shattered legs, and a nine-hour facial reconstruction process took place to repair the catastrophic damage to her face, and for rebuilding her nose, jaw and eye sockets.
"I didn't realise they were just working to do the best they could, not to make her look the same. I had to come to terms with the fact she wasn't going to look like the old Chloe anymore." They had to take her whole face off, strip it back and put her face back together. It was the worst time of my life. "She was on a ventilator and couldn't speak for a long time. We had to communicate using letters," says Jennifer, Chole's mother. Although Chole survived, her challenges were far from being over. She was on strong medication and suffering from terrifying hallucinations. She was too afraid to look at her reflection for weeks afterwards.
"For months I didn't go anywhere. I didn't keep in touch with my friends, I didn't want to. I was constantly reliving the accident all the time. "It was the worst experience of my life," she said. She was put back a year at school, but when she returned, she felt like an outsider. "It was horrible. It was like having to start all over again. I was badly bullied and had people stare at me for years after. "If anyone asked what had happened to me, I would deny it. I have done that until quite recently. "If people weren't making comments, it would be the way they looked at me. Often the comments were made on Facebook rather than people saying it to my face."
She recently took to Facebook to share her agony, and has been getting a lot of support from strangers everywhere. "I wanted to address the rumours about me once and for all. "Before I wrote the post, I couldn't talk about what happened without crying. But since I've opened up about it I have been able to talk about it normally. "It was difficult when I was younger but I feel more confident now. It's still hard to cover the scars but I like going out, having a job and leading my life as an adult. "I still get comments from people but I'm in a place in my life where I'm happier now. "I didn't have a normal school life so I'd like to go back now and study for my Highers. "When people see my pictures now, they think I'm too confident. But now I think, 'Why shouldn't I be?'"
She's been very strong and we hope she continues to remain so. She has found new confidence now, and is getting at a better place. She has hopes of becoming a make-up artist.