A father whose pregnant daughter was hit by a six-stone Rottweiler that fell from a third-floor window has described how she “could have died” in the incident.
MailOnline exclusively revealed how Ludovica Caprino, 27, was seriously injured after the eight-month-old dog named Cody landed on her while she was walking along a busy street with her mother.
Ludovica, who is expecting a baby in spring, was photographed lying on the ground with the sadly dead dog nearby, as paramedics rushed to the scene on one of Rome’s most luxurious streets.
Speaking to Italian media, her father, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Ludovica has a fracture on the left side of her head.
“The dog hit her in the back of the head, but if they had hit her squarely in the head she wouldn’t have survived.”
The accident scene. Pregnant woman Ludovica Caprino was seriously injured after being run over by a six-kilogram Rottweiler that fell from a third-floor window.
Ludovica Caprino, 27, is in hospital after the accident on Via Frattina in Rome
The eight-month-old dog, named Cody, (pictured with his owner Emilia Mikela Pawlak) suffered fatal injuries after falling about 10 meters.
‘My daughter could have died, she was run over by a 40 kilo dog, which had fallen more than ten meters from a third floor window. She is miraculously alive.
He added: “After the blow, he bled for ten minutes and gave no sign of life. He was in a pool of blood.
‘Something like this is simply unacceptable, since this happened last Friday our lives have changed.
‘I want to remain anonymous because in recent days we have received threats on social media and also some of the stories I am seeing are lies.
‘She was run over by a dog and suffered a head injury. She also has injuries to her ear. She could even lose her sense of hearing.
‘The baby seems fine, but that’s how it is after birth. She will have to undergo surgery to try to recover her hearing, even partially.
‘He also has injuries to his jaw and some of his teeth are chipped. She also suffered a displaced placenta but, like I said, the baby seems to be fine and she won’t lose him.’
Ludovica, who works for World Rowing in the Swiss city of Lausanne, was visiting her parents in Rome when she was knocked down by the dog, which later died from its injuries.
He added: “The night before all this happened, she came to visit us and gave us the beautiful news that she was pregnant and the next day she went to the hairdresser with her mother.
‘I was absolutely delighted. He was in seventh heaven: he was going to be a grandfather and I went to meet them in the city.
Cody’s and its owner Emilia Mikela Pawlak, who said: “I just don’t know what happened”
Some witnesses reported hearing what they believed was a gunshot as the animal fell to the ground.
‘My wife told me she heard a big bang, like a gunshot, and everyone was running and then she saw our daughter on the ground in a pool of blood, coming out of her head.
‘She told me she wasn’t moving and thought she was dead. My wife is still in shock. We all are.
“Since this happened, I have heard a lot of nonsense about what happened and that is why I have decided to speak out, to explain exactly what happened.
“People need to understand that two parents here are going through immense pain: two parents who went from the joy of knowing they were going to be grandparents to the possibility of losing their daughter because she was hit by a 40-kilogram dog that fell on her back. a third floor window.
Her father added that she was expected to be discharged from Rome’s Policlinico Umberto I hospital within days and that they were considering legal action against Cody’s owner, Emilia Monika Pawlak.
Cody and owner Emilia Mikela Pawlak, who visited Ludovica in the hospital.
A 27-year-old man is in hospital after the accident that occurred on Friday in Via Frattina, one of the most elegant streets in the center of Rome (file photo)
Meanwhile, she has revealed that a mysterious benefactor has given her a new dog to replace Cody, whom she had adopted earlier this year from a pound outside Rome.
Emilia, who has said she accepts responsibility for what happened to Ludovica, added: “Someone knocked on the door and handed me a puppy, a Rottweiler, and said it was to replace Cody.
‘He was a man. He was with a woman who, he said, was his wife and they had a child with them. He had never seen them before.
“He gave me the puppy and said it was to replace Cody and I told him it was too early to have a replacement and he said, ‘Consider it a gift from Cody.’
‘I couldn’t hold back the tears. How could I deny that they were being angels to me? I am deeply grateful to them.
“I haven’t given him a name yet and of course he can never replace Cody, but he will still be part of our family.”
Emilia added: “I’m still very angry about what happened last Friday. I feel like it’s all my fault. The woman is in the hospital because of me, even though people have told me that Cody didn’t actually hit her.
‘From what I’m told, Cody passed very close to her, he didn’t hit her, but the impact caused her to jump back and she fell and hit her head on the ground.
“I’m still waiting to hear from him, but I hope everything goes well for him.”
A police spokesman in Rome said they were investigating the circumstances but so far no charges had been laid and no official complaint had been made against her.