Years of Recovery
Elkhart, IN - In late July, we published a story about the City of Elkhart discussing a pit bull law. That discussion followed a series of pit bull attacks. Two of these victims included Scott Sands, who nearly lost an arm by his own pit bull, and 4-year old DaMonica Paul, whose entire nose was bitten off after a neighbor's pit bull latched onto her face. DaMonica's mother, Melissa Paul, recently said that her daughter will never breath out of her nose again.
The damage was so extensive to DaMonica's nose that her vital nose functions (to smell and to breath) have been permanently removed.
We ask that readers take a moment to consider the severity of her injuries and the lifelong consequences of them. What do these injuries mean when she turns the age of 18? It means that for 14 years she has been unable to smell or to breath out of her nose and only has the cosmetic "reconstruction" of a nose. When she turns the ages of 30, 40, 50, and 60, what will her injuries mean then? Pit bull injury too often falls into the category of lifelong injury.
Currently, DaMonica has undergone 4 facial surgeries. The first of several reconstructive surgeries starts next month in the City of Indianapolis. Doctors expect she will be in and out of surgery for another three years. Pastor Kevin Adams, a family friend, told WSBT reporters, "The family is going through a very traumatic financial strain. Mr. Paul himself has been laid off. This is going to be a long, long, long road. There are going to be many surgeries."
We urge readers to make a donation to the DaMonica Paul Relief Fund. We urge Elkhart residents to participate in the upcoming discussions about the city's adoption of a pit bull law.
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
07/28/09: Elkhart, Indiana Discusses Pit Bull Law After Series of Attacks
02/19/09: Elkhart Pit Bull Owner May Suffer Amputation After "Redirected" Attack