Canton, OH - On September 14, Daniela Sexton arrived home from work to find a neighbor's car in her driveway. She needed him to move it, so she exited her car and knocked on his door. As soon as she began to knock, a pit bull burst through the door and bit into her leg. To protect her neck and face, she threw up her arms, but the dog released her leg and latched onto one of her arms, "shaking and jerking it down." Next, the dog clamped onto her face.
"The dog was just hanging on my face. ... I’ll never forget that," she told the CantonRep.com.
Sexton also told the news group that nurses at Aultman Hospital said the dog would have inflicted serious injury to her eye socket had she not been wearing glasses. And had she not covered her neck with her arms, the dog would have killed her. Fortunately, one young man from within the home managed to pull the dog off. Sexton said that if he had not come when he did -- or if she had moved her body -- "the dog would’ve ripped my whole face off."
This is a disturbingly accurate assessment by Sexton.
The video depicts Sexton several days after the incident. The lucid "matter of fact" clarity she portrays is often seen in victims just after an attack (See: Tanya Barnes) and just before the bigger reality sets in: My life has changed forever. There will be no going back to who I once was. Sexton also mentions that she "worried about the dog" while she was being treated at the hospital. Most victims, however, come out of surgery asking, "Is that dog dead yet?"1
Partial Video Transcript
"I was taken to Aultman Hospital, transported. When I got there, nobody would let me see a mirror. I kept saying, "Why can't I see myself? Why can't I feel my face?" They were like, "It's okay. You just have a lot of blood." I was in shock.
The dog ripped muscles in my leg supposedly. That got stitched up. My hand, he cut open a big part of the top of my arm. That got stitched up, which he possibly did damage, I don't know yet. It's still swelled sometimes.
My face, he latched on so bad that supposedly, his teeth from his jaw went all the way inside of my face, inside the cheek of my face. I have stitches inside my face and the outer part all the way up above my ear.
I don't have feeling right here, which we'll find out here next week as to how much real damage the dog did to my face. It's a terrible situation.
These people need to understand that you have these vicious dogs. And if it didn't happen to me, it could have happened to the postman to a little kid knocking on the door2 -- anybody. It's a sad situation. It hurts. And now I have to pay for it." (Daniela Sexton)
2The pit bull mauling of the 21st century occurred in 2005, after two children knocked on the door of Scott Sword's home.
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