Dancer unable to smile after glass gets embedded in her face during robbery

22 April 2015 / 1 year 6 months ago

These are the horrific injuries inflicted on a 21-year-old dancer who has been left 'unable to smile' after a stranger smashed down her car window while she was sitting in a traffic jam.

Chloe Knapton, from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, had to have surgery after a man shattered her car window with a bottle, causing the broken glass to become embedded in her neck.

Ms Knapton's family has now released shocking photos which show the extent of the young woman's injuries. The incident took place when Ms Knapton was driving home from a night out on Thursday last week.

Ms Knapton was driving with her friend, who was in a separate car, when she came across a bike lying across the middle of the road. Her friend stopped to get out of her vehicle to move the bike out of the way of traffic.

But as she left the car, a man waiting at a nearby bus shelter came hurtling towards her with a glass bottle. The man then hurled abuse at the girl, before walking up to the Ms Knapton's car and smashing the bottle against her window.

The impact caused glass to shatter all over Ms Knapton, leaving her with deep cuts to her face, neck and shoulders. The glass bottle even became embedded in her neck, reports Asiantown.

After Ms Knapton was attacked, she managed to drive to a friend's house nearby where she called 999. She was then rushed to Leeds General Infirmary where she underwent surgery for her injuries.

She was also given several stitches on both sides of her lips and made to stay in hospital for three days. Her mother Allyson also revealed that she can no longer smile because of the stitches around her mouth.

She said: 'She can't smile. She can't eat so she has liquid food. 'They were extremely deep wounds to her shoulder and a two or three inch wound to her neck, which was embedded with bottle.'

Among her injuries, Ms Knapton was also left with a deep cut to her shoulder, a deep wound to her neck and cuts between her nose and mouth. She also lost a tooth. Mrs Knapton added that her daughter had been 'incredibly brave'.

She said: 'She was so brave. The ambulance did not arrive for an hour and 15 minutes. It was ridiculous. There was pools of blood on the pavement. 'She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. There was glass everywhere.

She has had to have stitches on both sides of her lips, inside and out, and round her nose. 'She had three different lots of surgery and also needs dental treatment as one of teeth has gone too.'

Ms Knapton, an aspiring cruise ship dancer, runs her own dance school, KT Academy in Holmfirth. She has received hundreds of messages of support from her friends and colleagues.

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