Tuesday, June 9, 2015

TIJERAS NM - 1984 - 9-YEAR-OLD ANGELA HANDS WAS NEARLY MAULED TO DEATH BY HER UNCLE'S 4 PIT BULLS - SHE IS LOOKING FOR ONE PARTICULAR NURSE THAT HELPED SAVE HER LIFE 30 YEARS AGO


Updated: 06/08/2015 10:26 PM | Created: 06/08/2015 9:44 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
In 1984, a nine-year-old girl named Angela Hands was mauled nearly to death by four pit bulls in Tijeras. Now 41 years old, she is searching for one of the New Mexico nurses who saved her life – just so she can say "thank you."
Angela's arms and legs still bear the scars of the day she'll never forget – March 19, 1984.
"I was attacked by four pit bull terriers that were owned by my uncle," she said.
The attack nearly killed her. She was flown by a medevac helicopter to what is now known at UNMH – her legs ripped apart.
She had every reason to be terrified – except for one nurse.
"She used to leave notes on my door…'love you,' 'good morning,'" Angela recounted. "Her name was Laura."
All these years later, Angela has tracked down the doctor and the helicopter nurse who helped save her life that day.
"I had to find them," she said. "I had to at least reach out and say, 'thank you for being amazing.'"
But she couldn't find Laura.
Angela has lived in Seattle since her family moved to Washington state a few years after Angela got out of the hospital.
Tijeras still bans pit bulls – a law it enacted immediately after the attack on Angela.
The memories of New Mexico and those many months of recovery spent in a hospital bed are distant, but she has always remembered Laura. She posted on Craigslist and Facebook in hopes of finding her, but hasn't had any luck.
"If she didn't do what she did for a living, I probably wouldn't be here," Laura said.

She says she'll wait for the woman she wants so desperately to thank for everything she did.
"You have formed me into a very, very, very stable and confident woman, and I owe a lot of that to you," Angela said – a message to Laura.
She says she thinks Laura's last name might be Zeller, and she'd be about 60 years old now.
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