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Gina Arnold, from Michigan, lost control of her car, turning the vehicle around seven times before hitting a tree in October 2017 (recently pictured)

A student told how her seat belt & # 39; like a sword & # 39; cut through her stomach after she was involved in a horrible car accident.

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Gina Arnold, from Michigan, lost control of her car, turning the vehicle around seven times before hitting a tree in October 2017.

She claims that she & # 39; almost divided in two & # 39; was by the power of her belt that pulled her back, leaving her with a torn abdominal wall.

The 22-year-old, who does not remember the ordeal, was left in a coma and spent three months in the hospital.

She considers herself happy that she is alive, but has not fully recovered – doctors have warned that she will never be able to jump.

Gina Arnold, from Michigan, lost control of her car, turning the vehicle around seven times before hitting a tree in October 2017 (recently pictured)

Gina Arnold, from Michigan, lost control of her car, turning the vehicle around seven times before hitting a tree in October 2017 (recently pictured)

She claims that she was almost split in two & # 39; by the strength of her belt that pulled her back, leaving her with a torn abdominal wall (pictured in the hospital)
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She claims that she was almost split in two & # 39; by the strength of her belt that pulled her back, leaving her with a torn abdominal wall (pictured in the hospital)

She claims that she was almost split in two & # 39; by the strength of her belt that pulled her back, leaving her with a torn abdominal wall (pictured in the hospital)

Recalling her injury and her conversation with surgeons, she said: “She described my abdominal wall as a sword cut through the seat belt.

& # 39; Although it (the seat belt) has saved my life, it has caused many life-threatening injuries and torn my entire abdominal wall in two. & # 39;

She claims that doctors said there was no & # 39; specific name & # 39; was for her injury, and they classified her as one giant hernia.

The NHS states that a hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or the surrounding tissue wall.

An important symptom is swelling of the abdomen – a symptom that Miss Arnold has endured.

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Miss Arnold added: “I don't remember what happened, I just know people told me it was raining – I lost control and corrected too much.

& # 39; The person behind me said my car was turned over seven times and hit a tree. I don't remember anything about that day and ended up in a coma for three days.

The 22-year-old, who does not remember the ordeal, was left in a coma and spent three months in the hospital (photo, she in the hospital)

The 22-year-old, who does not remember the ordeal, was left in a coma and spent three months in the hospital (photo, she in the hospital)

The 22-year-old, who does not remember the ordeal, was left in a coma and spent three months in the hospital (photo, she in the hospital)

She considers herself happy that she is still alive, but has not fully recovered - doctors have warned that she will never be able to jump again

She considers herself happy that she is still alive, but has not fully recovered - doctors have warned that she will never be able to jump again

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She considers herself happy that she is still alive, but has not fully recovered – doctors have warned that she will never be able to jump again

& # 39; Both lungs collapsed and my whole body was so swollen that for weeks they could not see what kind of broken bones I had.

& # 39; I had multiple emergency operations to stabilize – they had to remove part of my small intestine and part of my ileum. & # 39;

She spent three months in a Beaumont hospital, most of which in intensive care.

Miss Arnold needed 20 abdominal surgeries to repair some of the damage – but it took more than a year for her tear to be corrected.

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She said: & # 39; The pain was the worst pain I have ever felt – I actually had to learn to walk again, which was not guaranteed in the recovery. & # 39;

Miss Arnold, who studies sports psychology, added: & # 39; They even told me that I would never leave a hospital or have a good quality of life. & # 39;

In an attempt to repair her abdominal wall, surgeons tried to relax the broken muscle with Botox – but it failed several times.

She said: & # 39; When I got out of the hospital, I was not close to recovery for a long time and I had no abdominal wall, no mesh, no nothing.

Miss Arnold needed 20 abdominal surgeries to repair some of the damage - but it took more than a year for her tear to be repaired (photo, her scar)

Miss Arnold needed 20 abdominal surgeries to repair some of the damage - but it took more than a year for her tear to be repaired (photo, her scar)

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Miss Arnold needed 20 abdominal surgeries to repair some of the damage – but it took more than a year for her tear to be repaired (photo, her scar)

She said it took so long for doctors to agree on a procedure, because & # 39; there was no case in America that they knew & # 39; (photo, her swollen belly)

She said it took so long for doctors to agree on a procedure, because & # 39; there was no case in America that they knew & # 39; (photo, her swollen belly)

She said it took so long for doctors to agree on a procedure, because & # 39; there was no case in America that they knew & # 39; (photo, her swollen belly)

She said: & # 39; Many surgeons thought I would never live a normal quality of life again, so I surprised many of them & # 39; (pictured before the crash)

She said: & # 39; Many surgeons thought I would never live a normal quality of life again, so I surprised many of them & # 39; (pictured before the crash)

She said: & # 39; Many surgeons thought I would never live a normal quality of life again, so I surprised many of them & # 39; (pictured before the crash)

WAS THIS A HERNIA?

Miss Arnold claims that doctors said there was no & # 39; specific name & # 39; was for her injury, and they classified her as one giant hernia.

The NHS states that a hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or the surrounding tissue wall.

An important symptom of a hernia, of which there are many, is abdominal swelling – a symptom that Miss Arnold has endured.

Miss Arnold needed 20 abdominal surgeries to repair some of the damage – but it took more than a year for her tear to be corrected.

Fourteen months after the accident, Miss Arnold finally underwent an eight-hour procedure to repair her torn abdominal wall.

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Her surgeon warned her that it was an & # 39; extremely risky & # 39; procedure and admitted that it was the first time she & # 39; something & # 39; had done.

She said it took so long for doctors to agree on a procedure because & # 39; there was no case in America that they knew & # 39 ;.

& # 39; If I was hit in the stomach, it would put me outside for days, so that doctors put me in bed until they thought of a surgical plan. & # 39;

Fourteen months after the accident, Miss Arnold, who works with handicapped children, finally underwent an eight-hour procedure to repair her torn abdominal wall.

Her surgeon warned her that it was an & # 39; extremely risky & # 39; procedure and admitted that it was the first time she & # 39; something & # 39; had done.

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She said it took so long for doctors to agree on a procedure because & # 39; there was no case in America that they knew & # 39 ;.

Miss Arnold said doctors used gauze to repair the tear. No further details were given about how severe the tear was or why it took longer than a year to be corrected.

Now, 18 months later, Miss Arnold is doing well – despite concerns from surgeons, her body might reject the gauze used to fix her belly.

She said: “Many surgeons thought I would never live a normal quality of life again, so I surprised many of them.

& # 39; The police who responded to my accident thought they were walking towards a corpse when they saw my car tear in two and I partially knocked out of the vehicle.

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& # 39; One day I will be in so much pain that I can barely get out of bed and the next day I can feel fine. & # 39;

Miss Arnold added: & # 39; It's about learning my limits, for example, I can't jump more than 7 pounds in my entire life.

& # 39; They have made it very clear that there is no plan B for me yet, so I have to be extremely careful how I live my life.

& # 39; But I'm so lucky that I live and for myself, if I could survive something so crazy and so rare, so I'm just grateful that I'm still here. & # 39;

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