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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It’s an injury you may have never thought possible: a fractured skull from a hair tie. But it happened to one little girl right here in the Cape Fear, and it may be more common than you think.

“I fell on a hair accessory and had a head injury,” said seven-year-old Mya Bartlett.

Mya doesn’t like to talk about the accident that fractured her skull and left her with traumatic brain damage. It happened on April 8, 2010. She was kicking a soccer ball, fell backward and hit her head. The Hello Kitty ponytail holder she was wearing damaged her fragile skull.

“As the doctors said, it was as if she had a rock and a knife in her head when she fell,” Mya’s mom Tristen Waters said. “The rock was the plastic, and the corners and edges acted as a knife.”

Waters said she thought it was a freak accident, but after doing some research, she learned that injuries from hair accessories are fairly common, especially for girls who are very active.

“Girls under the age of 14, their head is still growing and developing,” Mya’s sister Kyra said.

Kyra is Mya’s sister and business partner. That’s right, this duo is turning an injury into an investment; an investment in the lives of little girls around the world. They are making and selling safe hair accessories.

“They got no plastic and no metal,” Mya said.

Mya and Kyra design and sew the bows themselves, with a little help from mom. Waters says Mya struggles with ADD, ADHD and memory loss among other things as a result of the injury. But she’s proud that her girls are helping to prevent similar problems one hair bow at a time.

“The product that they are making is going to save lives,” Waters said. “And because it’s saving lives, they are saving the world.”

The girls used the money they made from the bows and bands to pay for summer camp. Now they are deciding what charity to help out with the rest of the money they made.

Mya and Kyra’s ‘Safer Hair Accessories’ have been chosen to be featured on MSN’s segment “Kids Saving the World.”

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34 Comments on "Little girl gets creative to prevent brain damage from hair bows"

2015 years 10 months ago

You are all a sorry excuse of a human being!! How dare you bad mouth a LITTLE GIRL who is just trying to help others like herself. Maybe some of you need the story written in Brail for you can CLEARLY not read words in front of your face. Where the heck do you see a word that even comes close to looking like “tennis”? Soccer surely doesn’t!!
Wear helmet?? Really?? Do you put a helmet on your kids every time you send them out to play ? No you don’t!! This was a freak accident that unfortunately damaged a little girl for life!!
What’s so bad about home school? There are THOUSANDS of activities out there for home schooled kids to be a part of so there are NO opportunities passing them by! Maybe its a good idea to read up on something before you make yourself look like an ass! (Google is great for research… try it sometime). These girls (and their family) are so proud of themselves for doing something helpful for themselves and others!!
THIS IS NOT A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION!! So these girls are doing a great thing with THEIR money that they have rightfully earned, by giving back to a charity of their choice.
I really hope nothing like this happens to you and your family… because it doesn’t sound like you would even be supportive to them!!
Again… i feel sorry for all you negative, pathetic sorry excuses of humans!!!
No wonder why the world is the way it is… …

Truth Sets U Free
2015 years 10 months ago

The Bartlett family recently moved from North Topsail Beach to Charleston, SC.
When they left they were three months behind in their rent.

2015 years 10 months ago

Your just an idiot

2015 years 10 months ago

“The girls used the money they made from the bows and bands to pay for summer camp. Now they are deciding what charity to help out with the rest of the money they made”

From Articles of Incorporation Non Profit NCSOS office
Light of Joy Awareness: No part of the net earnings of this corporation shall inure to the benefit of , or be distributable to, its members, directors, officers, or other private persons

This family cannot even follow the rules of their corporation.

2015 years 10 months ago

This is the same woman who got a dog earlier this year, put a scarf around its neck, and announced that it was a “service dog” for her ‘disabled’ daughter.

She certainly has a vivid imagination.


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