A Michigan-based professional dancer by the name of Jai Fears sparked a major scare on Monday, September 30, at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak when she showed up wearing zombie makeup that was mistaken for a real injury. As Fox 2 Detroit reports, Fears was rushed to the hospital for a panic attack, which she experienced while having her makeup done for a Halloween marketing campaign with Glam Gore. However, when she arrived, the staff didn’t initially realize she was wearing makeup, and instead, figured she had suffered a trauma to the face. Yes — her makeup looked that gory.
In fact, Fears told Fox 2 Detroit that it was actually the makeup that caused her to have a panic attack. “It literally just shot up to my brain and it just caused like a really bad reaction,” she said. For further context, she added: “We were getting ready to do a photoshoot to do some marketing for Glam Gore for people who want to get their makeup done for the Halloween season.” It was approximately three hours into having her makeup done when Fears started to feel anxious.
Her zombie makeup ended up so realistic that the hospital staff didn’t recognize it was fake at first. “[They said] let’s get her back to trauma now and she’s probably going into shock, she’s not making any sense,” Fears told the Detroit publication. She added that she didn’t speak up about the makeup because she figured that they had to know. “I did not say anything because I just assumed they could see that it was fake,” she explained.
Eventually, doctors realized Fears wasn’t physically injured and she was treated for her anxiety attack. The Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak didn’t comment on her specific situation but released the following statement:
“The emergency room is not a place for fun and games. They see many patients with severe medical issues where lives are at stake. Doctors need to be able to focus on those patients with true emergencies.”
After the fact, Fears posted about the incident on Facebook with the caption, “Let me please say anxiety is no joke or laughing matter. It was a serious situation that happened at a strange time.”
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