My 3-year-old daughter needs plastic surgery after a dog trashed her face – she’s scared to leave the house
A mum has told of her heartache after her baby girl was attacked by a dog that ransacked her face.
Paula Gaughan, 32, said three-year-old Stella will need plastic surgery after sustaining deep cuts and severe bruising in the horrific mutilation.
The little one, who lives with her mother in Glasgow, had been staying with her family when she was injured in a neighbour’s rescue.
She had come out to give the animal a treat when the pooch attacked.
Paula said she suffered the “torture” after learning of her daughter’s injuries.
“It was the worst call I’ve ever received,” she told NeedToKnow.online.
“At first I thought she hit her head or fell – I didn’t think for a minute that she could have been attacked.
“I was in complete disbelief because my brain couldn’t process the information.
“It was torture knowing I wasn’t there to help.”
Paula initially thought her daughter might have had a “cut or bruise”.
“After finding out that she had suffered severe gash damage to her face, I was devastated,” she said.
“Stella would eat a packet of crisps and feed the crumbs to the dog.
“She knocked them down on the floor so he could easily reach them.
“There was no indication the dog was unhappy as he was wagging his tail – but then she put her head on his back.
“Suddenly he growled and bit Stella.”
The baby was rushed to hospital, where doctors immediately began to treat her.
Paula, who shared a clip of her daughter’s injuries with her 30,000 followers on the @montessoriplaying Instagram account, said: “She was worse than I expected, especially considering how close the bite marks were. with his eye.
“The medical team kept saying she was so lucky, like if the dog’s teeth went in slightly higher, her eye would pop out.
It’s hard to see her face… she will be scarred for life and her perfect little face is damaged
“Her face was black and blue with bruises and she also had a concussion when she fell on the concrete from the force of the dog.”
But the tot’s ordeal was not over.
A long gash on her cheek became infected and she was prescribed strong antibiotics and given a tetanus shot.
“Because she’s so small, she started to suffer from a bad reaction where she was left in bed,” Paula said.
And trauma doctors later said Stella should have had surgery right away. She will undergo plastic surgery in a bid to avoid scarring later this summer.
Paula said: “It’s hard to see her face after the accident due to the injuries she sustained, as she will be scarred for life and her perfect little face is damaged.”