On Monday, professional dancer Jai Fears was taking part in a "Glam Gore" photo shoot for the marketing campaign of a company that offers Halloween makeup. She was part of the way through the session to transform her into a zombie when she began to have a panic attack and was taken to the local emergency room.
When she arrived at Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital in Michigan, however, Fears says medical staff weren't sure what the problem was and, mistaking her hyper-realistic makeup for a serious medical emergency, began to prep her for trauma.
At the hospital, the doctors struggled to understand what she was saying through the panic, and were on high alert, Fears told Fox2Detroit. "[They said] let's get her back to trauma now and she's probably going into shock, she's not making any sense."
Fears said the trauma center was unaware she was wearing makeup, and she didn't tell them at first because she "just assumed they could see that it was fake".
Her mother saw the funny side after the initial worry had gone away.
The medical staff soon realized that the injury was in fact makeup, and she was treated for anxiety before being released the same day, Fox2Detroit reported.
The Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital told Fox it does not comment on individual patients, but it did release a statement to them. "The emergency room is not a place for fun and games," it read. "They see many patients with severe medical issues where lives are at stake. Doctors need to be able to focus on those patients with true emergencies."
Fears went on to make it clear that while she appreciated the absurdity of the situation, she didn't think anxiety is particularly funny either.
"Let me please say anxiety is no joke or laughing matter," Fears wrote on Facebook following the incident. "It was a serious situation that happened at a strange time".