Doctors at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital have managed to reconstruct the upper lip and nose of a 11-year old Florida girl who was bitten by a friend's dog during sleepover.
Jacklyn Tucker revealed that she had fallen off a couch on which she was sleeping on June 19 and when she woke up, she saw her friend's Jack Russell terrier-English bulldog cross, Tanker, growling at her.
Tucker said that she closed her eyes in the hope that the dog would go away but Tanker instead lunged at her and bit off almost three quarters of Tucker's upper lip and part of her nose.
She was then taken to the St Mary's Medical Center and was then shifted to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, where doctors removed the dead tissue, which was most of her upper lip, and reconstructed it using tissue from her lower lip. "That's the beauty of using that local tissue. It gives a much better chance of normal anatomical function and normal appearance. I think it was very successful", Dr Drew Schnitt, who was part of the surgical team, said.