Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NEWPORT TN - "BRANDON'S SMILE" -THE PIT TOOK HIS EARS BUT THEY DIDN'T TAKE HIS SMILE - 10-YEAR-OLD BRANDON WILLIAMS HAS OPTIONS FOR HIS EAR INJURIES WITH THE HELP OF THE SHRINERS ORGANIZATION

Brandon Williams, 11, talks about his recovery outside of his aunts home in Newport. Brandon was mauled by a female pit bull mix and a large black male dog outside a home in the 1000 block of Branch Drive in Newport. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)
Brandon has a few options to help him live a more normal life without his ears, his father said.

(PEOPLE PLEASE WATCH THIS PRESCIOUS CHILD IN THIS VIDEO !!!!!
HANG IN THERE BRANDON !!!!!!!!!)

Doctors can attach removable prosthetic ears.

Or they can create prosthetic ears to be inserted under his skin. The only problem with that option, his dad said, is the potential for infection.

So his family is leaning toward a third option.

"They can take a bottom rib and mold an ear out of the cartilage and then put it under the skin," his dad said.

"They'll do it with two ribs, one for each ear. It could take a few years (to finish) the surgeries, but it's better because it's a part of his body."

For now they have time to make a decision. Doctors want him to heal during the next six months to a year before they start reconstruction.

An added plus? the Shriners organization plans to foot that bill, according to Williams.

"They contacted us and said they have a plastic surgeon in Cincinnati that could do it and they'll cover everything," Brandon's dad said. "We've filled out the paper work and we're waiting on them schedule an appointment so he can be examined."

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/aug/23/dog-that-attacked-newport-boy-faces-euthanasia

http://www.mountainsideshepherd.com/Brandon_s_Page.php

http://www.dogsbitedecatural.com/2011/08/newport-tn-pit-bull-mauls-10-year-old.html

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