Eleven-year old Jacklyn Tanner went over to her friend’s house of a sleepover and became the victim of a brutal attack by her friend’s family dog. Jacklyn was watching a movie with her friend when she rolled off the couch. As she tried to get up, the family’s dog, a male English bulldog and Jack Russell terrier mix, attacked her, tearing off her top lip and ripping the skin up to her left nostril, leaving her teeth and gums visible. A portion of her lip was left laying on the floor.
Jacklyn was rushed to the St. Mary’s Medical Center emergency room via helicopter, where she underwent emergency reconstructive surgery. The surgeon, Dr. David Rankin tried to look for blood vessels to reconnect the piece of her lip that had been ripped off but was unable to restore the blood supply to the area. Jacklyn was then taken to Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital for plastic surgery.
At Children’s Hospital, two surgeons were able to complete an abbe flap procedure, in which they took a piece of Jacklyn’s lower lip and used to replace the missing part of her upper lip. This is a common procedure for patients with cleft lips. Jacklyn can only eat with a straw for the next three weeks while her lips remain sewed together. She will undergo two more surgeries but surgeons believe her lip should heal and she will not need any other operations in the near future. Jacklyn is still unable to speak, but is spending her recovery time texting her friends and writing.
Surgery at Hollywood hospital restores girl’s torn lip, www.miamiherald.com August 14, 2012.
Dog bites can be emotionally traumatic and can cause serious injuries. At eleven years old, Jacklyn will have to deal with the physical and emotional scars of this ordeal for years to come. Additionally, dogs can carry infectious diseases, such as rabies, that can be transmitted via a dog bite. Dog bites can tear ligaments or can cause falls that can lead to broken bones. Often, dog bite injuries require some form of corrective surgery and can leave a victim with substantial scarring and disfigurement that can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering. If you or someone you know has been suffered injuries as a result of a dog bite, call the Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at the Friedland | Carmona today! The dog bite lawyers at the Friedland | Carmona have dedicated the past twenty years to helping injured victims recover the compensation they deserve for injuries caused by another person’s negligence. Call today (305) 661-2008 for your free consultation!
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