Natylee Murphy seen eight months and 10 surgeries after the brutal pit bull attack.
Natylee Murphy before the attack and a week after at Memorial Herman Hospital.
Shepherd, TX - Last September, DogsBite.org reported on the horrific pit bull attack involving 3-year old Natylee Murphy. In that blog post, we also wrote about the history of the Texas State anti-BSL law (HB 2065) that was passed in 1991 in order to prevent all future Texas municipalities from enacting pit bull laws. We also called out the sole remaining politically active co-sponsor of the 1991 anti BSL legislation: State Senator Rodney Ellis who represents Harris County.
My Fox Houston recently published a follow up story on Natylee's medical condition, depicted in the first row of photos of this blog post. The attack occurred in Montgomery County, on September 10, 2009. Natylee's mother, Kortnie Murphy, initially did not believe her daughter would survive her severe injuries. Murphy told reporters, "The dog pretty much removed the left side of her face, slashed it in different spots. They (doctors) had to sew it back together in different places."
Natylee underwent 10 surgeries to repair the wounds. Today the left side of her face suffers from paralysis. Natylee will have surgery every six to nine months for the next ten years. Doctors hope to eventually make her smile whole again and remove signs of trauma. "They're hoping by the time she's 16 there will be just a little bitty line and that's it," Murphy said. The article also addresses the unseen scars suffered after a violent dog attack: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"She won't talk sometimes. She'll act like a baby. She'll have to wear a diaper, and she'll just pitch fits like out of this world," said Murphy.
The attack occurred while Natylee was visiting her aunt's home in New Caney, Texas. The offending pit bull, named "Tank," was euthanized following the violent attack. No mention was given about the other two pit bills that the aunt's boyfriend had been breeding in the backyard at the time. Despite the horrible mauling and near death of a child, and the aunt being injured in the attack as well, the boyfriend refused to allow Animal Control officials seize the other two pit bulls.
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