Girl scarred by pit bull attack to receive free surgery
In April, a 3-year-old girl was brutally mauled by a pit bull. Sky News reports the attack left the little girl with an eye patch and facial scars, and since then, she's been through a lot.
A KFC restaurant employee asked 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher and her grandmother to leave, saying the little girl's scars from a dog attack were disturbing the other patrons, according to HLN.
The restaurant has since apologized for the incident and offered the family $30,000 to help pay for the girl's medical treatment, The Clarion-Ledger reports.
The story made national news and sparked a massive social media campaign that caught the eye of one Las Vegas surgeon who decided to lend a helping hand.
Dr. Frank Stile met Wilcher for the first time at Jackson's-Medgar Evers International Airport on Saturday, WLBT says. Stile is used to minimizing the facial scars and deformities of UFC fighters. When he learned about Victoria's story, he was so moved that he offered to perform her surgery at no charge.
"It's tough enough to be a kid that's whole. To be a child that has some type of difference, makes it exquisitely challenging. I saw Victoria's story on the news and on social media and was very affected by it," he said.
Stile told WLBT contributions to the family have been overflowing. He posted Victoria's picture and her story on his foundation's website.
"I can't thank him enough. I can't thank his staff enough," an attorney for the Wilcher family said.
WJTV reports a doctor in Florida has offered to place a prosthetic eye within the next week or two. After that, Stile will monitor Victoria's facial animation to determine if the 3-year-old will need nerve graphs.
Stile says he feels optimistic about Victoria's case but that time is of the essence.