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​Fundraiser For Woman Who Put Gorilla Glue In Her Hair Raises $21,000

​Fundraiser For Woman Who Put Gorilla Glue In Her Hair Raises $21,000

The fundraiser for Tessica Brown - the woman who went viral for putting Gorilla Glue in her hair - has now reached a staggering $21,000 (£15,000).

Brown became an unlikely internet star after revealing she'd used the strong adhesive on her hair instead of hairspray.

She ended up admitting herself to the St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette, Louisiana, having spent a month trying to extricate the product using coconut oil and tea tree oil.

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Since her plight went viral, Brown has received widespread support - including help from LA doctor Michael Obeng, who carried out her $12,500 (£9,000) treatment for free.

But on top of that, Brown has also managed to raise tens of thousands of dollars in a crowdfunding campaign.

Just days after setting up the GoFundMe page, Brown has far surpassed her original $1,500 (£1,000) target after raking in donations amounting to $21,517.

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But while Brown has managed to turn her stressful saga into one of the most talked-about stories this week, she's said she never actually meant to go viral.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight earlier this week, she explained how she only shared her story in the hope that she'd be able to get some advice.

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She said: "I never was going to take this to social media. The reason I took this to social media was because I didn't know what else to do.

"And I know somebody out there could have told me something. I didn't think for one second when I got up the next morning it was gonna be everywhere."

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Brown added: "A lot of people want to give me help, but the reason I wasn't accepting it was because I don't want people to be like, 'Oh, that's why she did it.'"

Thankfully, Dr Obeng's offer of assistance ended up finally putting an end to her ordeal - after he successfully completed the treatment yesterday, with Brown placed under a 'light anesthesia' for the four-hour procedure.

Dr Obeng told TMZ that he had identified the compound in Gorilla Glue and worked out the science to 'break it down'.

He then combined medical grade adhesive remover, aloe vera, olive oil and a dash of acetone, and got to work.

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Obeng said: "I have a chemistry background, so I knew that any compound can be broken down."

He also explained how he experimented on 'real human hair' on a model before seeing to Brown's hair.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Gorilla Glue told LADbible: "We strongly discourage misuse of our products. Please consult all packaging labels for proper use."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]