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Woman's horrible injury turns out to be zombie makeup; the ER staff isn't pleased

As reported by WJBK in Detroit, the emergency room crew at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak justifiably went into full-on trauma mode when Jai Frears showed up Monday night with the flesh surrounding her chin, mouth and nose apparently ripped off, and her bloody gums and teeth bared, skull-like.

But it was a false alarm.  Turns out, Frears -- who's a professional dancer -- was getting made up as a zombie before taking part in a photo shoot for a Halloween marketing campaign.  But after some three hours in the makeup chair, she had a panic attack and was rushed to the hospital.  The panic attack apparently was making her difficult for her to communicate with the ER staff, who understandably attributed it all, at least initially, to Frears having had half of her face ripped off.

While Beaumont Hospital staff wouldn't comment about the case specifically, a spokesperson did issue a statement to WJBK that made it clear they weren't pleased.

"The emergency room is not a place for fun and games," the statement reads.  "They see many patients with severe medical issues where lives are at stake. Doctors need to be able to focus on those patients with true emergencies."

For her part, Frears said the medical staff should gave been able to tell it was all just makeup.





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