Medical scans show the amazing transformation of a woman’s skull and face before and after reconstructive surgery following a car crash.
A 25-year-old woman suffered horrific injuries after she was thrown from a car in the US while not wearing her seat belt.
The CT images show that her skull was broken and fractured in several places and her upper and lower jaw was severely damaged, with several fragments of bone floating around.
She also suffered a severe eye injury – her left was found by surgeons near her nasal cavity.
The patient – who suffered a traumatic brain injury – needed several hours of surgery to reconstruct her injuries.
An ophthalmology surgeon posted the pictures onto medical website Figure 1, which allows professionals to post anonymous patient cases.
He said: ‘A trauma work-up revealed a traumatic brain injury with intracranial hemorrhage, a traumatic eye injury requiring enucleation, and extensive facial fractures.
‘This CT shows her completed facial reconstruction. Thanks to a dedicated multidisciplinary team, the patient is now ambulatory and recovering well.’
The post was uploaded to the website in 2015 but this week it was shared on Imgur and Reddit, prompting awe and praise for the surgeon's capabilities.
Many suggested his work was like putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.
One user said: 'Literally spectacular. Medicine at its finest right there.'
While another user, who is a midwife, wrote: 'Such a fantastic job. An absolute credit to reconstruction talent.
'It is work like this that makes the long tedious hours of training worthwhile.'