girl was left with a shattered jaw and horrific scarring after being mauled by
Woody (41), from Crestview in Florida, USA, watched in horror as two pit bulls
grabbed her daughter’s face, tearing her skin and leaving her eye hanging from
attempt to save Zoey (5), mom-of-three Paige threw herself over the pit bull,
which resulted in her damaging her knee and losing part of her ear.
rushed the child to hospital and later she was airlifted to a specialist unit
for 10 hours of extensive procedures to repair her jaw.
jaw had “shattered into hundreds of pieces” which had to be joined together
survive, she went on to have in-depth surgeries, dissolvable plates fitted into
her jaw and her upper and lower eye reconstructed.
(now 6) is set to undergo her third skin graft in April.
also learning to accept the life-altering damage to her face thanks to taking
up to 30 selfies a day.
believes the photos help her to appreciate herself. “I think the selfies are
positive as it’s helping her to understand and appreciate the healing process
too,” Paige said.
couple of times she’s asked if she was ugly and of course I tell her it’s not
true and that she’s beautiful.
people tell her she’s beautiful too, which I believe is helping to encourage
her to recognise that she’s still pretty.”
still can’t smile fully despite a part of her lower lip, which was completely
sliced off in the attack, having been reattached.
says taking selfies is a way for her daughter to understand events.
won’t look in a mirror and avoids them – the only way she looks at herself is
through her camera phone.
photographing her face and the scars she can compare how she looked three
months ago and how she’s progressed, as she slowly gets better.”
attack happened last year, when Zoey tapped on a glass door to get her mother’s
the two pit bulls, who were playing outside, pounced when hearing the noise and
pulled the girl out of the house. Paige
tried to pull the dog off and shielded her daughter with her own body.
“The dog was still attacking Zoey relentlessly
and wouldn’t let go, so I threw myself on top of her, shielding my sweet girl
from the continuous attack.
terrified I was going to lose my daughter.”
was gushing with blood. Zoey’s face was bleeding and her eye was hanging down,
all I could do was wrap her in a towel.”
hospital Zoey was airlifted for life-saving surgery and Paige treated for deep
gashes to the back of her head and other wounds.
was completely shattered into hundreds of pieces. She couldn’t chew for 10
months, everything she ate had to be blended.”
had two skin grafts and is scheduled for a third, all accompanied by chemo
injections and laser treatment.
to keep out of the sun as UV rays can cause her transplanted skin to thicken,
which could complicate future surgeries and grafts.
outside for longer than a few minutes, the little girl needs silicone sheets
applied to her face to block the sun and break-up her scar tissue.
also diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) but is much more at
peace now thanks to therapy.
often quizzed in public about her facial scars and bravely responds by
explaining her attack.
stare at her or say, ‘Oh my god, what happened to you?’,” Paige says.
six but has the oldest soul ever. When people are staring at her she’ll walk up
to them and say I was attacked by two pit bulls, which is why I look this way.”