A mother is forced to bring down all the mirrors in her house to prevent her nine year old daughter from the & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; sees an injury that her face has been inflicted by a Labrador Retriever.
Lily-Fay Parfitt celebrated her ninth birthday at home in Southwater, West Sussex yesterday – just nine days after the mean dog tore in her mouth and cheek.
Surgeons told Kelly Parfitt, 32, her daughter's injuries were 9.5 out of ten on a severity scale. Lily-Fay was deaf in one ear and could not close her eyes.
Lily-Fay Parfitt celebrated her ninth birthday at home in Southwater, West Sussex yesterday – just nine days after the mean dog tore in her mouth and cheek. Pictured before she was dragged, left behind and then in the hospital, right
& # 39; The surgeon glanced at her and said: & # 39; "It's life-changing, we don't know if she'll get senses back because of the severity of the injury," Parfitt said.
Lily-Fay is expected to be signed & # 39; for life & # 39; after the unknown dog & # 39; came directly to her & # 39; before she lifted into the air and clenched her teeth to her jaw.
She had played with her cousins and siblings after school on her aunt's farm in Pulborough, West Sussex, when the remaining dog attacked her.
Mother of five and full-time carer Parfitt said: & The dog actually came directly to her.
Surgeons told Kelly Parfitt, 32, her daughter's injuries were 9.5 out of ten on a severity scale
& # 39; I heard a deafening scream as it grabbed her upper lip and tore her cheek, leaving catastrophic wounds.
& # 39; My mother took her earlier because I had her brother in my arms, she said to me "don't come close" and pushed me away.
& # 39; The injuries to Lily & # 39; s face is something I never want to see again. Her upper jaw, her upper teeth, her tongue and lower jaw were degloved. & # 39;
Her two younger brothers, who witnessed the attack on Friday, September 20, were traumatized by the incident and are now terrified of dogs they don't know.
The next day, Lily-Fay was admitted for surgery on her face and she was home by Monday, September 23, but her mother made sure that all mirrors were removed.
& # 39; It's Lily's life, she can't smile when she's lost her lips. What I can see at the moment in her lip is that it is really serrated, like a puzzle piece, & Mrs. Parfitt said.
& # 39; We have taken down all the mirrors and covered the mirror in the bathroom so that she cannot see her reflection.
Lily-Fay is expected to be & # 39; signed for life & # 39; after the unknown dog & # 39; came directly to her & # 39; before she goes up in the air and clutches her teeth to her jaw
The dog pulled off so much skin that Lily-Fay lost 25 percent of her upper lip and surgeons were worried about tightening her too tightly
& # 39; I think she will be shocked because she really likes pictures & selfies.
& # 39; I feel like I'm in a haze, it's like I'm in a dream. I think I'll wake up and it'll be a bad nightmare, but it's clearly not going to happen. It is still so raw. Lily has been so brave.
& # 39; She also has nightmares. She won't go anywhere without me.
& # 39; She's doing well, but I don't think it will touch her. It's all covered so she can't see it. When (the gauze) comes off, it looks real to her. & # 39;
Lily-Fay had 192 stitches on the outside of her cheek to hold it together, 38 stitches in her lip and even more in her cheek.
The day after the attack, Lily-Fay had surgery on her face and she was home by Monday, September 23 – but her mother Kelly Parfitt (photo) made sure that all mirrors were removed
Lily-Fay had played after school with her cousins and brothers and sisters on her aunt's farm in Pulborough, West Sussex, when the remaining dog attacked her. In the photo Lily Fay holds a chicken 20 minutes before it was attacked
The dog tore off so much skin that she lost 25 percent of her upper lip and surgeons were worried about sewing her too tightly, which could cause her mouth to hang.
Shockingly, it was the little girl's 104th operation because Lily-Fay was born with a rare birth defect that caused her to have a horseshoe-shaped kidney and only 40 percent of her gut.
With three weeks off from school to prevent infection, the youngster is determined to keep up with her schoolwork and Mrs. Parfitt says she even smiled last week.
& # 39; She has had so much going on in her small life, she is doing very well, & # 39; her mother added. & # 39; As far as I know the dog has been destroyed.
The nine-year-old was taken to the hospital where she had surgery before being allowed to go home. In the photo Lily-Fay still wears her blood-splashed unicorn sweater in the hospital
A doctor's note with details about the injury to Lily-Fay & # 39; s cheek after the dog attacked her
& # 39; I wouldn't wish this for anyone, but it happened to the child who has already undergone 103 surgeries in her life due to her rare birth defect.
& # 39; It's not like she's like any other child in school. She has already gone through the mill, we do not know how many more operations it will be. & # 39;
Sussex police said agents had responded to reports of a child being bitten on a farm in Pulborough on Friday, September 20, between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
A spokesman said: “The eight-year-old girl suffered serious facial wounds and was taken to the hospital.
& # 39; The dog's owners have been identified and are assisting the police in the ongoing investigation. & # 39;
An ambulance picked up Lily-Fay from her aunt's farm in West Sussex before taking the then eight-year-old to the hospital for treatment
Sussex police said agents had responded to reports of a child being bitten on a farm in Pulborough on Friday, September 20, between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Pictured, Lily-Fay injuries
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