Sunday, April 10, 2011

Teen Yawns and then is unable to close her mouth!

Every high school classroom holds a few slack-jawed students. One British teen, however, unintentionally took the term to a new level.

Holly Thompson, 17, of Kingsthorpe, Northampton, was in the middle of a particularly enthralling class on politics when she reacted to the subject matter like many other students would -- she yawned.

But what happened next wasn't so typical. Her trap wouldn't shut, making her look like an anime character in a state of shock.
According to the Daily Mail, one of Thompson's classmates tried to help her close her gaping pie hole, but to no avail.

"I was so shocked, my expression probably said it all," she said. "I nudged my friend to show her what had happened but I was so embarrassed. When we realized we couldn't close it, she had to tell the teacher."

Adding insult to injury was the reaction from teachers and classmates. "All my classmates and teachers thought it was really funny, everyone burst out laughing. It was awful," she said.

Although the school nurse tried everything to jam the jaw shut, including putting a hot water bottle under her chin and using ice packs, MSNBC reported that Thompson eventually was sent -- dangling choppers and all -- to the hospital for additional treatment.

The doctor on duty, Ejiro Obakponovwe, didn't think Thompson's injury was a laughing matter.

"It can be quite serious, because she can't eat, can't really drink, and you get really dehydrated," Obakponovwe told the BBC show "Bizarre E.R." "But again, it's quite painful as well."

The good doctor tried an unusual and, some might say, depressing technique: She placed 26 tongue depressors in Thompson's mouth.

"The tongue depressors allowed the jaw to get tired, relax, so the jaw can click back into place," Obakponovwe said.

The treatment worked, but it still pains Thompson to talk about it.

"It was really bad at the hospital," she said. "I had to sit in the waiting room with a scarf over my mouth so nobody could see what had happened. It was really difficult to communicate with doctors as well.

"I thought they were just going to give me some medicine, not put splints in there."

Thompson's jaw was stuck in the open mouth, insert foot position for five hours. She ached for a few more hours afterward. Although tired, her doctor warned her to suppress expression.

"She has to avoid yawning," Obakponovwe said. "The jaw's a bit unstable."

What's happened to Thompson since her injury is even more jaw-dropping. She's become quite popular on YouTube. Ryan Seacrest even tweeted about her injury.

"That's great," she said. "But I think I'd rather be famous for something else."

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Seatbelts keep people together. Campaign for Rodney District Council. (Link)

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A print and outdoor campaign for the Brandhouse's Drive Dry initiative, with an anti-drinking and driving message targeted at men. The campaign has been applauded by sober driving campaigners and a prisoner rights organization. (Link)

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This ad was created for the Dutch Association of Traffic Victims and says: “Every year 40 people die using a mobile phone while driving.” Notice how the cell phone looks like a coffin. (Link)

“Sleepiness is stronger than you”. Don't Drive Sleepy Project for ThaiHealth. (Link)


BMW - Don't drink and drive ad campaign. (Link)



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