After a night of drinking and partying, people can easily lose keys, or clothes, or even their dignity — but it’s something of a rarity to wake up missing part of your own face and not remember what happened.
But that’s exactly the position Christopher Watson is in. Watson, a 32-year-old man from West Boldon, South Tyneside, in the United Kingdom, was enjoying a night of revelry and drinking with his co-workers from Newcastle’s Vermont Hotel. They were celebrating the holiday season and somehow, Watson’s nose got lost in the process.
Christopher believes he was attacked outside of Fenwick, near Grey’s monument.
While he does not remember how it happened, or who did it, Watson does remember one thing about the nose-losing incident: The pain.
“All I can remember is a flash of blue, then the pain of someone biting my nose, I can just remember the excruciating pain. I was delirious, in shock and in pain.”
Watson made his way back to the Vermont Hotel, and a friend phoned for an ambulance. The paramedics called in the police when they saw the injury.
“I went back to the Vermont Hotel where I work and my friend phoned an ambulance and the paramedics phoned the police.”
Since the incident, Watson has undergone several surgeries, including painful skin grafts. Recently, surgeons took skin from another area on his face in order to attempt to rebuild his nose.
As far as how Watson lost his nose, he firmly believes it was bitten off. However, police simply do not have enough evidence to even say that a crime has taken place. Because his memory is fogged by alcohol, Watson has been unable to tell police what happened or where it happened with certainty. Police checked out possible locations and did carry out an investigation, but came up with nothing. And with Watson unable to fill in any blanks, police could not record it as a crime.
Watson says the police have suggested that, perhaps, a crime did not take place, and that he lost his nose of his own accord.
“The police say I could have tripped or fallen, but I have no other bruises on my knees or hands. And I was wearing my glasses and they didn’t break. The police have now written it off because I can’t remember what happened. I thought it happened outside Fenwick but I can’t be sure. They say they checked the CCTV cameras in that area and found nothing. But it could have happened somewhere else.”
Watson remains adamant about the fact that someone must have bitten off his nose in what he calls an “unprovoked attack.” The injuries he has suffered are extensive.
“There is no way I could have got that injury without someone else doing it,” he says.
The police confirmed that the incident was investigated, but that no evidence of an attack could be found. According to a spokeswoman, “We can confirm we received a report from the ambulance service that a man had suffered an injury. Extensive inquiries were carried out but no details of what happened or where could be clarified by the man or the person with him.”
She added that if anyone has any further information about it, that they should contact the police.
As disturbing as this story is, another man suffered a similar fate recently — and a more disturbing one, at that. Click here to read about the man who woke up missing a very sensitive body part.
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