Girl Had To Catch Her Own Jaw After It Was Torn Off In Horrific Horse Riding Injury

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 09.10.19

Warning: There is some seriously graphic and gruesome imagery in this article. If you’re screamish, this isn’t the one for you.

After a blow to the face during a horse riding incident, a teen was forced to catch her jaw as it was almost completely severed from her face.

Usually when you see headlines like that, you’re right to assume that a generous helping of hyperbole has been employed to goad people into clicking.


It’s the same when if your friend mentions how they “cracked” their “head open”, when talking about a minor cut they got that needed four stitches as a child. No heads were cracked, you know?

This time, though, no hyperbole has been used and this is honestly like something you’d see in one of the Saw films… I imagine. I’ve never seen one.

emily eccles jaw injury

Early in August this year, Emily Eccles was riding a horse when it was spooked by a car exhaust nearby in Baslow, Derbyshire. The 15-year-old was then smashed into a gatepost and on the floor, was left holding most of her jaw in her hand.


Eccles was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital in an ambulance and thankfully, a five-and-a-half hour long operation for her face rebuilt by facial reconstructive surgeon Ricardo Mohammed-Ali.

The next month Emily was back in school and the scars are healing dangerously well.

Now for the photo. I gave a warning up top, but genuinely, this is hard to look at. If you’re bad with gore then don’t look.




teen caught jaw after horse riding injury

Dear god that’s awful. Sorry Emily but that looks like one of those horrible Halloween makeup tutorials on Instagram Explore.

Speaking about the aftermath, Eccles told The Sun:

I just looked down and I was like, ‘I don’t know what that is’. [In the ambulance] I just looked down and I could see teeth and bone and I said, ‘is that my jaw?’


Emily’s mum, Michelle, was called after the accident by someone in “a severe state of shock” and when she and her husband arrived at the hospital, a nurse told them to prepare themselves for what they were about to see.

Michelle recalled:

I think some sort of coping mechanism came over me. It’s your daughter there in a critical condition and looking very poorly and quite gruesome as well.

But her eyes were still the same so I just thought, ‘just focus on her eyes’. I gave her a kiss on her forehead and kept saying ‘it’s going to be all right’.”

teen jaw injury recovery

That’s some good mothering there.


Since then, Emily has got back to her mum, asking her to let her back on a horse, while also praising Ricardo Mohammed-Ali for his amazing work.

After six days the bandages came off. That was just miraculous. I couldn’t believe there was just this one scar and everything, although still swollen, was back in the right place.

It just is miraculous what he had done. Being able to come home after such a horrific accident, 11 days on, is just testament to [Mr. Mohammed-Ali] and all the other professionals.

We’ve tried to thank him and he’s such an unassuming guy. He just smiles quietly and says ‘I was just doing my job’.

These days, the Eccles are trying to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Charity’s appeal for a helipad in Sheffield, along with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Honestly, the surgeon(s) did a fantastic job. You can’t quite believe that Emily’s recovery is real.

Images via The Sun