A moment of fury between two sisters in Delta State has left one of them permanently blind in one eye.
The victim, 37, was allegedly attacked in the face with a broken bottle by her sister.
A shard of the glass got stuck in her upper cheek pinning the victim’s hair attachment in her eye socket.
She was rushed to Delta State University Teaching Hospital where doctors battled to extract the shard and the hair attachment from the eye socket, according to the London Mail.
It said the woman’s predicament was published by the medical journal BMJ Case Reports.
It quoted doctors as saying the unnamed victim was in an ‘anxious state’, because of the gaping wound in her cheek.
She was given local anaesthetic before surgeons pulled out the shard and then stitched up the cuts on her eyelids.
A doctor from the teaching hospital, who reported the case in the BMJ Case Reports, said the victim’s right eye was producing excessive amounts of fluid and intensely red, but her eyeball was mostly intact.
However, she suffered ‘irreversible’ damage to her cornea – the front of her eye – leaving it blinded and useless.
The hair attachment – believed to have been sliced off the woman’s weave during the attack – was sticking out of a diagonal slash beneath her eye.
The doctor did not include any details of the woman’s argument with her sister or any other injuries sustained in the vicious fight.
“The doctor’s report suggests the woman’s hair was hanging in front of her face and the plait became caught on the end of the glass during the stabbing,” the Mail said.
“It was then driven into the flesh beneath her eye and pinned there by a piece of glass which broke off what is presumed to be a bottle or drinking glass.”
It quoted the doctor as saying: “Although the patient had similar strands on her hair, the flexible nature of the strands further posed a challenge to the cause of the retention.
“The mechanism that introduced the woven artificial hair strands … is not clear but it is most likely that the hair was on the path of penetration of the broken glass at the time of the stab injury.”