Nov 11, 2009 -12-YR OLD BRIANNA WATKINS - She was brutally attacked by a PIT BULL that scaled a 5 ft fence to get into her yard. After the attack Columbus investigators thought her injuries were so severe that she might die. Afraid they may never get the chance to talk to her about the incident, they found a lab in Texas that specialized in animal DNA. They sent evidence there to be sure which dog attacked her. Brianna improved and was able to identify the dog that maimed her - A male pit bull named DEBA that lived two houses down.
Brianna heard a noise in her backyard and went to see what it was. She saw a dog and she tried to pet him. THE DOG TRIPPED HER - KNOCKING HER DOWN AND BEGAN THE ATTACK.
SHE LOST BOTH OF HER EARS, MOST OF HER SCALP, AND SOME OF HER VISION, AND HAS NERVE DAMAGE IN HER FACE. SHE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR WEEKS. DOCTORS REMOVED MUSCLE FROM HER BACK TO COVER HER EXPOSED SKULL AND REPLACE HER SCALP. ANOTHER SURGERY HELPED TO CREATE AN EAR CANAL. SHE HAS MANY MORE SURGERIES TO COME.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two years-ago Melba Warren walked in the same shoes that the friends and family of Synthia Watson walk in today.
Warren's then 12 year-old granddaughter Brianna Watkins was viciously attacked by a pit bull right in her own backyard.
She suffered severe injuries, both of her ears were ripped off and she still wears a hat covering a wound that stretches across her head.
"It was very scary I didn't know whether I was going to live or die," Watkins said.
Brianna and her grandmother Melba says the pit bull climbed a five foot fence and crossed into their backyard.
"It's something you don't ever want to go through, to find her out there the way she was. If I hadn't gone out there, I would have never known she was there," Warren said.
Two years later Brianna is doing better.
"It's been tough but with my amazing friend and family helping me out, it's been easy, I can pretty much say," Watkins said.
After hearing about 2 year old SYNTHIA WATSON over the weekend, Melba Warren says she understands completely what her family is going through.
"It's something you don't forget overnight she's got a long road ahead of her; it's going to be hard," Watson.
Two years later Brianna still makes trips to Atlanta regularly for checkups.
"It's not all behind us and I don't think it ever will be. It is a long road and we still go through it now, and will be probably for the next year or two."
Brianna hasn't let that stop her from living her life, and she offers the same encouragement to little Synthia.
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