A Texas woman allegedly bit off a piece of another woman's nose and swallowed it after a confrontation about getting more alcohol and cigarettes.
Jessica Collins, 41, was arrested and charged for the July 12 incident, according to the Houston Chronicle. The victim, who only identified herself as Tatiana, is a wife and mother in the Conroe area. She said the attack has devastated her.
“I’m 28 years old," she said. "I don’t have a nose anymore.”
Tatiana said she had gone out to a bar with a neighbor and Collins, who was staying at the neighbor's house. When they got back to Tatiana's house, Collins allegedly demanded more booze and smokes.
Tatiana said she refused to give Collins anything and told her to leave. That's when things took a violent turn. Collins attacked her, Tatiana said, and jumped on her and took her to the ground. She then allegedly bit a chunk of her nose off and swallowed it.
“I didn’t have time to react, to push her away. I think I was trying to fight back, but I couldn’t," she said. "All I could remember was the taste of blood in my mouth.”
Tatiana told KTRK-TV in Houston that she kept passing out and didn't realize how bad the injury was until she was in the ambulance.
"I started calling my husband when I was in the ambulance," Tatiana said. "I was screaming, like, 'I don't have a nose.'"
Now, she said, she's afraid to leave her bedroom.
Doctors said Tatiana will urgently need plastic surgery to repair the damage, but Tatiana said she doesn't have health insurance. Also, the surgery needs to happen in the next two weeks - before the wound begins to heal fully - or the operation becomes much more complicated.
Because of the lack of money on Tatiana's part, her friends have started a GoFundMe page, though Oxygen.com hasn't independently verified its authenticity. (Be warned, there's a picture of the injury and it's very graphic.) As of Wednesday, the page has received more than $10,000 of its $12,000 goal.
Collins was charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting bodily injury, and she was released on bond on Monday, according to KTRK-TV.
[Photo: Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office]