A TEENAGER with horrific injuries from a horse riding accident is calling for the surgeon who rebuilt her face to be given a knighthood.
Emily Eccles, 15, was left with just 1cm of skin keeping her jaw attached to the rest of her head after smashing into a gatepost.
Her horse had been spooked by a car backfiring near Baslow, Derbyshire.
She was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where consultant surgeon Ricardo Mohammed-Ali put her face back together in a five-and-a-half hour operation. He used three titanium plates, more than 160 stitches and managed to save all but one of her teeth.
The surgery, just two months ago, was such a success that the teenager was back at Wales High School, near Sheffield, for the start of term.
And the surgeon has told her that ‘in a year’s time you won’t even be able to tell that anything happened’.
Emily has written to the Queen to get Mr Mohammed-Ali a knighthood and received a personal letter back from her secretary saying it had been referred to the relevant body.
Now she is hoping to persuade her parents, Michelle and Chris, to let her to get back in the saddle. She said: ‘I’d like to ride a horse again, but it’s my parents I have to convince.’