Softball player has her mouth wired SHUT when softball going 60mph breaks her jaw and rips out tooth
A college softball player has revealed she had to shut her mouth for six weeks after a ball traveling at 100 km/h hit her in the face during a training session, breaking her jaw in two places.
Emma Ardith Todhunter, a North Idaho College athlete graduating in 2023, talked about her horrific injuries — and subsequent treatment — in a series of TikTok videos that have now gone viral, with the student revealing she was unable to eat solid food or brush her teeth because of the wiring.
In a TikTok post, Emma revealed that “the ball came at me” and hit her “straight on” her jaw at “60 miles per hour.”
She explained that when the ball hit her, her jaw broke in two different places and ripped out “a large piece of her tooth,” leaving doctors no choice but to keep her mouth shut for a total of six weeks so it would be okay. to cure.
Emma also described how doctors fed her on a liquid diet for the six weeks her jaw was wired, making straws the athlete’s new “best friend.”
A softball player revealed her mouth had to be closed after a softball traveling at 100 km/h broke her jaw
Emma Ardith Todhunter, a softball player at North Idaho College, went to TikTok to share her experience of having her mouth closed so her jaw could heal properly
The athlete who was due to graduate in 2023 shared in a since-viral TikTok video, which has more than 9 million views, of her in two different places and “torn a piece of her tooth.”
Before the surgery, Emma shared a video on her TikTok of her in the hospital, saying, “I love you and thank you for being there for me.”
Documenting many videos of her experience with her mouth gagged, the student said, “straws are my best friend,” adding that she “can’t brush her teeth.”
When the athlete first came out of surgery, doctors told her she couldn’t eat, couldn’t brush her teeth, and that if she vomited, she would either have to “swallow it” or “let it drip.”
The softball star has also made a series of videos documenting her countdown to have her wires removed.
Emma’s lifestyle changed completely when she closed her mouth with wire, the athlete said doctors put her on a liquid diet and told her she ‘can’t brush her teeth’
The liquid diet Emma was put on after she broke her jaw took her 10 pounds off an already slim body
The softball star revealed to her followers that her surgery has made her “not able to brush her teeth” and that straws are her “best friend”
Ever since Emma has been unable to eat solid foods since gagging her mouth with wire, she has been living off smoothies and has lost a total of ten pounds from her already slender body.
In several videos, Emma shows viewers how she sometimes makes more than three smoothies a day for herself as she now has to eat through a tube.
Emma notes that this experience has made smoothies her “favorite food.”
She added that even after the wires are removed, she will continue to make and drink smoothies.
On the day of her accident, Emma shared an X-ray with her TikTok that showed the exact spot where the ball broke her jaw
Emma revealed her wireless mouth to her TikTok followers and added that she appreciates her positive attitude for helping her through the six weeks her mouth was shut
Emma has been playing softball since she was young and said she is looking forward to returning for another season after recovering from her broken jaw
Jaw wiring: what it is and how it is beneficial?
Doctors will perform jaw wiring surgeries when:
- Someone has had a traumatic accident that caused them to break their jaw
- When someone’s jaw is misaligned
- When someone has jaw deformity
The advantages of jaw wiring are:
- Correct any misalignment of your teeth
- To correct any problems caused during a traumatic accident resulting in your jaw breaking
- Correct painful jaw problem
- Help someone close their jaw comfortably
- Improving Speech Impairments
While many would never have looked at another softball after an experience like hers, Emma finds the strength to stay positive.
The athlete has been playing softball since she was young and insists that she will return to the game as soon as she recovers.
Emma has not stopped playing since her injury and shares on TikTok that she is still training “for the fall season”.
She also made sure her followers know she’s “safe” as she trains for another season.
Emma has made a series of videos on her TikTok that counts down to removing the wires and going back to softball with her teammates.
Social media users took to her TikTok comments to share how incredible she was, with one user saying, “You give the world hope! I hope the recovery continues to go smoothly.’
Another person was in touch with Emma and said, “I play softball and I know how much it means to me, so I hope you can play.”
While some TikTokers shared their surprise at her positivity, others were quick to point out their own fears.
One user commented, “I really think I’m going crazy.”
Another joked, “I’m quitting softball.”
Emma has made a full recovery and is thankful she no longer has her mouth shut with cords.
She thanks her positive attitude and doctors for helping her through this difficult time.