Victim Meets Hero
UPDATE 12/24/08: WLOX news has found Thomas Wedgeworth, the man that saved Katie's life after she was attacked by a loose pit bull. Katie had a big hug waiting for the man. Tommy is a father of two little girls and got choked up when asked to talk about how badly Katie was injured. "I remember looking at the child's arm and couldn't believe it; I was just mortified that she was bleeding that bad. You could pretty much see the bone, it was all the way down to the bone," he said.
Her mom says, "I thought she was gonna bleed to death, she had so much blood pouring out of her arm." Katie has had one surgery so far and will probably need more. But for now, she's well enough to open the presents Tommy's daughters picked for her, but she had picked out some special gifts for him too. He was very appreciative. But all the thanks in the world they say belong to Mr. Wedgeworth. Katie's Dad Mike Jarman couldn't wait to meet the man who saved his precious child's life.
12/20/08: Pit Bull Breaks Little Girl's Arm
Gulfport, MS - Six-year-old Katie Jarman had two reconstructive surgeries this week to repair her mangled arm, which was torn to pieces and broken in two places by a pit bull on her way home from school. Her mother, Peggy Weldon, said she had made the walk home from Central Elementary School nearly 100 times, but Tuesday the usually pleasant walk through the neighborhood turned into a violent nightmare.
Weldon said, "The dog just ran up and grabbed her and it knocked her down and then grabbed her again and had her in his mouth and just started shaking back and forth." Weldon said the dog had Katie in its grip, thrashing her from side to side, for what "seemed like forever." When she reached Katie, who had walked up ahead before the attack, Weldon said she flung shoes at the pit bull and startled it long enough for her to scoop up her daughter.
Fortunately, a man in a truck intervened by pulling in between the victims and the dog. Gulfport police later issued three misdemeanor citations to the dog’s owner, Martha Marquez, for violating the city’s animal ordinance. Assistant Police Chief Alfred Sexton said Marquez said she had the dog for about three months before the attack. He added, "We are being told that a friend gave her the dog temporarily and she was waiting for her to come pick up the dog."
Doctors surgically repaired Katie’s right arm and used pins to put her bones back together. It's unlikely that Marquez has any way of paying for these two of surgeries, each of which could have ranged from $10-20,000.
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