Thursday, July 3, 2008
Staten Island, NY - Newspapers are now reporting that Henry Piotrowski has suffered not one, but three amputations due to the pit bull attack. DogsBite.org reminds readers that 90-year old individuals do not heal easily. The risk factor of infection for a person over 50 is highly amplified. If a person is nearly double that age, the factor must take on exponential meaning.
In one of two known medical reports about pit bull injury, doctors in Texas -- the pit bull killing capital in the US -- examined an 83-year old man that endured a "sustained attack" by two pit bulls. A sustained attack is described as an attack that lasts 15 minutes or longer. The term was derived from pit bull injury. Survivors of these attacks suffer massive tissue loss -- body regions completely degloved -- amputation, primary and secondary infections and organ failure.
The report, Pit Bull Attack: Case Report and Literature Review, was published in 1988 and has been used in court evidence to describe the unique differences pit bulls cause due to their deadly "lock and shake" bite trait. The authors write:
"Most breeds do not repeatedly bite their victims, however, a pit bull attack has been compared to a shark attack and often results in multiple bites and extensive soft-tissue loss...Pit bulls tend to inflict more serious bite wounds than do other breeds because they tend to attack the deep muscles, hold on, and shake."This report was published twenty years ago and the analysis is just as real today. The authors detail the catastrophic wounds and surgical procedures endured by the 83-year old victim, including "meshed split-thickness skin grafts, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, oliguric renal failure (kidney failure)" and the amputation of his left arm. The victim died on the 42nd hospital day from complications stemming from the attack and cardiac arrhythmia.
Henry Piotrowski has already suffered three amputations.There are no words to describe what Henry has endured and continues to endure as you read this sentence.
07/02/08: Staten Island Pit Bull Owner Charged with Felony
07/02/08: 90-Year Old Suffers Amputations After Pit Bull Attack on Staten Island
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