Ex-EastEnder Dean Gaffney feared for his life and career after smash on A38
A HEAD gash sustained by ex-EastEnder Dean Gaffney in a Derby car crash was so severe that nurses could see his skull.
The actor, 34, has revealed he was left sobbing uncontrollably and covered in blood after his Mini Cooper crashed into the central reservation of the southbound A38, near Kingsway.
The dad-of-two admitted he had not been wearing a seatbelt, meaning the airbags of his car did not inflate.
The impact saw him flung in to the passenger seat of the car, causing him to hit his head badly.
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Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Gaffney said: "I looked over at the glove compartment and the cup holder was full of blood.
"It was brimming over, blood was everywhere.
"I just started to cry. I kept reciting the first scene of the play I was in over and over again to prove to myself that my brain was still in working order."
Gaffney said a nurse at the Royal Derby Hospital told him his forehead had been torn open and that his skull was visible.
Asked how he felt at that point, the actor said: "'I kept thinking, 'Oh my god, my career is my face'.
"I was so scared that my injuries would have disfigured me so much that my acting career would be dead."
The crash on Wednesday, January 30, happened as Gaffney was driving to the South Derbyshire home of EastEnders friend, Des Coleman.
He had been staying there while he appeared in Agatha Christie's Murder is Announced at Derby Theatre.
He added that thinking about his family gave him strength to fight for his life.
His partner Sarah Burge and their sixteen-year-old twin daughters Chloe and Charlotte were at his bedside within hours.
Gaffney told The Sun he could not recall what caused him to crash.
He said: "One minute I'm driving along and then bang! The car is totalled and I'm lying in the passenger seat looking out at my blood-spattered dashboard.
"I was hysterical and I'm not afraid to admit I was crying like a baby and pleading with the paramedics to save me.
"I was covered in blood and I just kept saying over and over 'you've got to help me. I've got two children, please don't let me die, please don't let me die'."