WARNING - GRAPHIC IMAGES: A paramedic has been scarred for life after an out-of-control patient took a bite out of her face.
Jenna Piscitello, 28, who has worked with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for seven years, responded to the 17-year-old girl’s home in Brooklyn on Friday officials said.
Calls had been made saying the teen patient had an “altered mental state”, according to the NY Post.
Ms Piscitello, who started working as a paramedic in 2019, told the publication the teen was trying to run from her home but kept falling over.
Some local publications have said she was reportedly high on drugs.
The paramedic said the girl wasn’t violent until they tried to place her onto a stretcher.
“She just wrapped her legs around my torso, her arms around my neck and just took a nice big chomp out of my face,” Piscitello said.
“She was like on me for almost a minute. It felt like an eternity.”
“The pain was like insane. I literally felt her teeth going into my flesh. Like a saw just cutting into me.”
The 28-year-old said she didn’t notice how badly injured she was until her partner pointed it out as she was continuing to try and care for the teen.
Ms Piscitello was taken to the hospital, where she received four stitches.
She said she’s made plans to see a plastic surgeon to help with the scarring, but she will more than likely always have a physical reminder.
Paramedic 'traumatised' by shocking attack
She told the Daily News the entire experience had been “very traumatic” but she has the support of her family, friends and co-workers, some of which have created a GoFundMe to help her out.
She said she will return to her job after taking a few weeks to recover.
“I have a very deep passion for what I do,” the paramedic said.
The teen has been charged with assault in the second degree and assault with intent to cause physical injury.
It is the third biting incident recorded within FDNY EMS in one week, the publication reported.
Anthony Almojera, vice president of local 3621 FDNY EMS officers’ union, took to Twitter to address the dangers paramedics face.
“Every call we go on can be our last. The dangers are everywhere,” he said.
“All the more reason we deserve the same pay and benefits as the other 911 agencies.”
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