Thursday 18 January 2018

Model hit with bottle at festival fears she will need plastic surgery after receiving nine stitches

Katie ODonoghue from Bishopstown, Co. Cork.
Katie ODonoghue from Bishopstown, Co. Cork.
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A young model who was left needing nine stitches when she was hit with a glass bottle at a festival has said it is a “waiting game” to find out if she will need plastic surgery.

Katie O’Donoghue (24) attended Longitude festival in Marlay Park last Friday with her boyfriend.

While watching the last act of the evening she was hit in the forehead with a glass bottle which then broke.

“We were basically standing a bit back from the main stage.. there was a glass beer bottle that was thrown from the crowd in front of me," she said.

The young woman said she was “bent over with pain” at the time.

There was significant bleeding after the impact Ms O’Donoghue told RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show.

“My boyfriend picked me up from the ground and hoisted me over the barriers to get the paramedics. They were on the scene pretty quick to try and stop the bleeding ,” she said.

She said she spent almost two hours in the medical tent on site and was given nine stitches by staff.

Now Ms O’Donoghue, who was named Miss Cork in 2014, fears that the incident may have a lasting impact on her career.

“I met with the plastic surgeon yesterday morning but basically the outcome there is that the stitches will come out on Friday but in the meantime he just has to keep an eye on it over the next couple of months to see how the wound and the scarring progresses,” she said.

 “I won Miss Cork back in 2014 but to be honest I always aspired to do modelling…after what happened on Friday... it has impeded it,” she said.

“I’m not sure where it leaves me to be honest right now because I’m selling on my face and obviously with the scar on my forehead it’s more of a waiting game for now to see how it progresses,” she said.

Her agency have been informed that she is unavailable for work at the moment.

“I’d definitely say that it will affect my work in the long run because obviously there are things that can be done to edit out things in photo-shoots but I suppose with the change that’s going on at the moment, the industry is trying to steer clear of all the photo shopping and editing,” she said.

Ms O’Donoghue spoke with the Irish Examiner and encouraged people not to engage in such behaviour and to think of the consequences it could have.

Marvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, which owns Longitude said in a statement:

"We are aware that unfortunately a woman sustained an injury to her forehead late on Friday night, the lady was treated on site by our medical team and returned to site at 5.30pm on Saturday for further check-up.

"We are pleased to learn the woman’s injury did not prevent her from watching Saturday night's headline act The Weeknd who came on stage later that evening at 9.30pm.

"We wish the woman a speedy recovery and will continue to assist An Garda Síochána with their investigation surrounding the circumstances of this incident, and therefore we cannot comment further as to do so, could impede such an investigation," he added.

"Security measures on all aspects of the festival are carried out in consultation with An Garda Síochána based on intelligence, risk and safety assessments."

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