Sunday, December 6, 2009
DaMonica Paul hugs her uncle Johnie Robinson (11/28/09).
Elkhart, IN - Back in August, we wrote about 4-year old DaMonica Paul, whose nose was bitten off by a neighbor's pit bull. Recent photos of the little girl show the effects of the disfiguring attack. As DaMonica prepares for multiple surgeries to reconstruct her missing nose, community support has picked up. Organizers of Cornbread-n-Jazz, a grassroots community arts outreach group in Elkhart, say a wave of momentum to help the Paul family is now rolling in.
A free event will be held on December 18 to benefit the family featuring live local music, an open microphone for poetry readings and people from local arts, business, faith, social services and community leadership circles. It's the first time Cornbread-n-Jazz has chosen to focus on the needs of one specific family. Originally, the group aimed to provide free, upscale entertainment and networking opportunities for adults who were out of work or facing life transitions.
The July Dog Attack
A team of doctors expects to perform one surgery every three weeks, for up to a twelve-week period. Between the surgeries and afterward, for up to 24 weeks, she will be quarantined. After that, the "sweet, social bunny of a child with a real gift of the gab," will have a 10 percent chance of recovering any sense of smell, according to her mother. City Councilman Rod Roberson connected the Paul family with the Cornbread-n-Jazz organizers after hearing DaMonica's story.
DaMonica's mom is a homemaker. Her father is a machinist who was laid off from a factory job in Elkhart two years ago. The couple has two other children, ages 16 and 7. On public assistance, the Pauls can't handle the present or future emotional or financial strains alone. They anticipate extensive medical bills, not covered by Medicare, as well as travel and wardrobe costs -- hypo-allergenic clothing with snaps to prevent fabrics from rubbing the child's face as it heals.
How to Help DaMonica Paul
Cornbread-n-Jazz will take place from 8 to 11 pm Dec. 18 at Concord Mall. Admission is free, but a non-perishable food item will be collected at the door and given to the Paul family and other local food outreach programs. Drop off any used cell phone at Concord Mall. For every used cell phone donated, $1 will be donated to DaMonica's fund. Fore more information, call Concord Mall's marketing office at 875-6502 or visit the Cornbread-n-Jazz Facebook page.
DaMonica Paul Relief Fund
Donations can be made to the "DaMonica Paul Relief Fund" at any 1st Source Bank or sent via mail: 1st Source Bank / P.O. Box 1602 / South Bend, IN 46634
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08/31/09: DaMonica Paul, Elkhart Pit Bull Attack Victim, Needs Your Help
07/28/09: Elkhart, Indiana Discusses Pit Bull Law After Series of Attacks
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| 12/07/2009 12:35 AM |
One of the biggest tragedies in this nation is that the poor (and also minorities) suffer the most from pit bull attacks.
They form the highest percentage of pit bull victims, and they are less likely to have the financial means to get through the outcome of these attacks, and less likely to get attention from the media and politicians when they get hurt or killed by these dogs.
But the WHITE, MIDDLE CLASS pit bull "advocacy" population (including the breeders and dog fighters that profit from these dogs) don't care about the poor and minorities that suffer the most because of pit bulls.
The pit bull lobby (and their media contacts, and politicians like Ben Konop) insist that the pit bull lobby has the right to continue to prey on the poor and minorities with these dogs.
They just don't care.
The pit bull lobby is a very racist and elitist one.
| 12/07/2009 12:42 AM |
I would like to see Best Friends Animal Sanctuary spend just a percentage of the nearly half million dollar payola that they got from the Vick affair (so Best Friends could use the Vick dogs to further fundraise and shill) and give some of that money to this family to pay this child's medical bills.
Best Friends is making money from pit bulls. They are lobbying for pit bull breeders. They need to participate and help pit bull victims, especially as they are falsely telling people that pit bulls are ok with children.
| 12/07/2009 2:08 AM |
The argument is that mandatory insurance and containment requirements would punish innercity Pit Bull owners who have no business owning a Pit in the first place.
The argument is a distortion to keep the $Millions in untaxed and liability free income flowing to Pit Bull breeders.
| 12/07/2009 12:06 PM |
If this child were a white, upper-middle class child, living in a nice suburb, this would be national news, and enough local residents would raise hell to get BSL legislation passed for that town. If this happened to the child of an attorney, doctor, or engineer, you had better believe something would be done about it, and no amount of out of state lobbying would effect the outcome.
| 12/07/2009 1:17 PM |
And if this happened to someone in the family of Ben Konop, there would be ten lawyers and Ben leading the way, screaming persecution and getting laws passed.
But if this happens to the poor and minorities, Ben Konop and his friend in the media JUST DON'T CARE.
They are too busy helping dog fighters and breeders breed more pit bulls to kill more poor people.
| 1/20/2010 11:04 AM |
UPDATE: January 19, 2010 -- DaMonica has begun new set of surgeries to help repair her damaged nose.
"It's been six months since a Michiana 4 year old was attacked by a pitbull, ripping off her nose. Now the Paul family is trying to move forward, but it's been an emotional journey for them. Mother Melissa Paul says, "I would hate for DaMonica to think I'm crying because of what I see." Doctors are working with little DaMonica, reconstructing her nose with bone from her hip and cartilage from her ear. "I kept asking him when am I going to see my Monica back," says Paul. DaMonica goes in for her second reconstructive surgery Wednesday.