Kim Grice Face Fire – The woman’s name is Kim Grice and her face caught on fire during head surgery to remove a cyst. The 29-year-old mother of three endured a situation most have only seen on TV.
While having cysts removed from her head at the North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, Fla., Grice’s face erupted in flames in a phenomenon known as a flash fire, ABC News reported.
While the source of the combustion is currently under investigation, ECRI Institute vice president for accident and forensic investigation Mark Bruley told ABC News the occurrence is not uncommon.
“There are between 550 and 650 surgical fires a year,” Bruley told ABC, adding fewer than 30 of them cause injury.
Kim was airlifted from the medical center to the University of South Alabama Burn Unit on Tuesday morning for her face, according to the Crestview Bulletin.
“I am in shock. This is not what happens with a routine outpatient surgery,” Kim’s mother, Ann Grice, told the paper “She had headaches and the doctor was going to remove three cysts and biopsy them but something went bad wrong and my daughter is now in a burn unit with burn specialists and I still do not know what happened. No one will tell me why or how this happened to her.”
North Okaloosa Medical Center spokeswoman Rachel Neighbors released an official statement about the incident to the Northwest Florida Daily News:
“We are conducting a thorough review to fully understand what happened in a deliberate effort to prevent such an event from occurring again. Our highest priority is always the safety of our patients.”