South Carolina woman whose lip was bitten off by ex-boyfriend after break-up recounts emotional journey to recovery

A 23-year-old man in South Carolina was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he "bit" his ex-girlfriend's lip so hard that it became detached, authorities said


                            South Carolina woman whose lip was bitten off by ex-boyfriend after break-up recounts emotional journey to recovery

A woman revealed in a detailed online post how she thought she was going to die after her lip was “completely severed off” by an ex-boyfriend and recounted the emotional and physical trauma she faced during the ordeal. In October 2017, 19-year-old Kayla Hayes tried to break up with 23-year-old Seth Fleury - her "worst nightmare" - but the vindictive ex-boyfriend bit her bottom lip off in response during an uninvited kiss, the New York Post reported.



 

According to officials, Fleury “bit down on her bottom lip with such force that her lip was amputated" as Hayes tried to pull away from him. At the time, Hayes was 17 while Fleury was 21. However, two years after the incident, Hayes still remembers “every detail of this very moment."

“Sitting in a puddle of my own blood with the majority of my lip laying on my leg, my whole mouth on fire, confused and terrified, I didn’t know how I could ever show my face again,” she wrote. “At that point, honestly wishing that those very seconds would just be my last- I wanted to give up for good. I then just started screaming at the top of my lungs for help and out of fear for my life. He then yanked me out of my own vehicle and slammed the door in my face so he could take off, and run away from what he had just done. He continued to call me once I made it into the ambulance, which felt like a lifetime after having something many women hold precious to them, completely mutilated.”

Seth Fleury (Greenville County Detention Center)
Seth Fleury (Greenville County Detention Center)

According to the South Carolina woman, when she saw her face in the mirror, she joked she “wouldn’t have to dress up for Halloween to scare everybody”. However, she accepted at the time that it was her "new reality". While the victim was advised not to share details of her life or her happiness online, she claimed Fleury “has taken enough of my happiness.”

Hayes has finally come to terms with the fact after living “with a scar wrapping from cheek to cheek" for over two years and says she'll remain kind and strong and “wear my scars as wings”. That said, Fleury admitted to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature on Thursday and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole evaluation only after serving at least 10 years of his prison term.