In February, Tessica Brown of Louisiana got herself into a sticky situation. Brown went viral after sharing that she accidentally substituted Gorilla Glue for hairspray. For over a month, she could not get it out of her hair. Major ouch.
She needed medical intervention. Brown was suffering from severe headaches. She tried at-home remedies and visited the emergency room as well, but there was no relief. Everything just made her scalp burn intensely.
Brown’s hair was saved by LA-based surgeon, Dr. Michael Obeng, who offered his services to her free of charge. Earlier this week, TMZ shared video footage of Obeng operating on Brown’s hair.
The surgery lasted for four hours, as reported by TMZ. Obeng had combined medical grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil, and acetone to break down the polyurethane (the key ingredient in Gorilla Glue) on Brown’s scalp.
If it had not been for the doctor’s generous offer, the surgery would have cost Brown an estimated $12,500.
During the month of February, while she was still dealing with this crisis, she launched a GoFundMe page to help cover medical costs. The initial goal of the fundraiser was $1,500, but the page has had nearly 61K shares and, as of Monday morning, has raised over $23,000 in public donations.
Brown now wants to repay her doctor for his generosity. She plans to make a sizable donation of $20,000 to his foundation, Restore Foundation, a non-profit with the mission of providing reconstructive surgery for people in developing nations. Brown only intends to use some of the raised money to pay for her travels from Louisiana to California, and to pay for her emergency room visit as well.
While Obeng was able to save some of Brown’s hair and it is growing back nicely, she plans to wear wigs for the rest of her life.