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She Went To The Hospital For A Panic Attack With Full Zombie Makeup, Doctors Thought She Needed Emergency Surgery

It’s October, which just so happens to be my favorite month of the year. I mean, Halloween – hello! And with Halloween comes costumes and makeup.

And some people take Halloween makeup to the extreme. Case in point: this woman’s zombie makeup look was so realistic that when she arrived to a hospital for non-zombie health issues, doctors assumed it was real.

This zombie makeup look was so real it convinced actual medical staff she was in need of urgent surgery.

The woman, who lives in Detroit, apparently caused quite a bit of drama in an emergency room when she arrived to the hospital to be treated for a panic attack. However, when she arrived to the hospital she was still done up in her ultra-realistic zombie makeup. Her mouth and chin looked like it was in need of some serious surgery. So doctors did what they’re sworn to do – they prepped Jai Fears (the zombie makeup wearing woman) for immediate surgery and wheeled her off to the trauma ward.

The makeup, she claims, was mistaken for an actual medical emergency and she began being prepped to enter trauma.

“[They said] ‘Let’s get her back to trauma now,’ and ‘She’s probably going into shock, she’s not making any sense,’” Jai Fears, a back-up dancer who had undergone three hours of make-up work to create her grisly look, told Fox 2 Detroit.

Fears said she landed in Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital after suffering a panic attack while getting ready to do a photoshoot for Glam Gore. “It just shot up to my brain and it just caused like a really bad reaction,” she told Fox 2 Detroit.

But when she arrived, she didn’t expect to have to explain her appearance to hospital staffers.

When she arrived to the hospital, according to Fears, she figured the hospital would have to know that it was just makeup. In fact, she said in an interview “They have to know! So no, I did not say anything because I just assumed they could see that it was fake.” 

Plus, when you’re suffering a panic attack, communication isn’t usually one of your strongest skills. It can be difficult to communicate even the most basic of subjects or even remember where you are or how you got there.

The hospital said that it could not comment on Fears’ case specifically, but did release a statement. 

“The emergency room is not a place for fun and games,” a spokesperson told the news outlet. “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.”

Fears was sent home the same day. In a follow-up post on Facebook, Fears emphasized that while the reaction was humorous, anxiety is not.

Credit: Jai Fears / Facebook

“Let me please say anxiety is no joke or laughing matter,” she wrote on Tuesday. “It was a serious situation that happened at a strange time.”

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it is estimated that nearly 40 million people in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder in any given year. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 1 in 13 people globally suffers from anxiety.

Though not everyone is buying her story.

Credit: Jai Fears / Facebook

Though few people questioned the very real condition of panic attacks, many found it hard to believe that she was able to take so many photos while supposedly suffering from one. Most of the photos she shared were obviously taken while in the hospital so many are accusing her, and the makeup company, of nothing more than a publicity stunt.

Moral of the story: if you end up in the hospital with gory makeup, let them know it’s just makeup!

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