Help Brooke Ann Boyd recover from dog attack!

For: Brooke Ann Boyd
Fairfield, PA
Organizer: Melissa Boyd
$2,847
of $7,500 goal.
Raised by 43 donors
37% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Brooke Ann Boyd, age 6, was attacked by a pit bull and lost part of her nose. Brooke went next door to play with a friend. After knocking twice the homeowner yelled out “it's open”! As Brooke began to open the door, the neighbor's pit bull pushed open the door and lunged at her. The dog went immediately for her face ripping a portion of her nose off and tearing her cheek open. She was immediately transported to the hospital. While the emergency room was evaluating the severity of the damage, the sheriff's department began their investigation. A quick thinking sheriff's deputy found the portion of Brooke's nose that had been ripped off. He immediately put it on ice and brought it to the hospital. Upon receiving that portion of her nose, she underwent surgery to attempt reattachment. Attempting to give Brooke the greatest possibility of success, she started treatments in a hyperbaric chamber over the next 35 days to aid in the healing process. During this time her mother and father took time off from work so that they could be in the chamber with her to give her comfort. Unfortunately, all these efforts were only 50% successful.

Brooke Ann is left with a portion of her nose missing and scar tissue has developed. Along with being unsightly, this scar tissue is currently restricting her nostril thus impeding her breathing. She endured yet another surgery a year later in an attempt to graft tissue from behind her ear in hopes of making the hole in her nose a little larger. This procedure helped temporarily, however a more permanent correction is now necessary. The doctors recommended waiting a few years allowing Brooke Ann to grow and heal emotionally before anymore additional surgery.

It was determined by the surgeons that now was a good time for Brooke Ann to have that surgery. She was scheduled for surgery on June 2, 2015 with a followup surgery 3 weeks later. After complying to the insurance company's multiple requests for additional information, they abruptly denied to pay 4 days before the scheduled surgery.

In our desire to provide Brooke Ann with the greatest level of care and opportunity to regain not only her beauty but the ability to breathe normally through both nostrils, we have elected to raise the funds ourselves with your help. The cost of both surgeries and secondary expenses is projected to be $7,500. Summertime was chosen as the best time for these surgeries because Brooke Ann has completed the school year and can fully recover while at home. This would also allow her to have a fresh start and “look” for the new school year. We would, therefore, like to have the surgery completed in July. We would like to request your prayers, your encouragement and any donation that you are able to make.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 24, 2015

Posted on June 24, 2015

We just received confirmation from Brooke's insurance company that they are going to pay for her surgery!!! What an answer to prayer!!

A few weeks ago we received a call that our insurance company was doing another review but not to expect too much. A decision was not anticipated until the 16th of the month. On the 19th we received a call from the doctor's office stating that Brooke's surgery would be covered! Not believing it, I called the insurance company and they confirmed it! I then got on the phone and called the surgeon's office to get her back on the list for surgery.

While this process may take awhile, I wanted to at least halt donations and let each of you know why. I plan on contacting all supporters to make arrangements to return donations to each of you once surgery has been completed.. We are so appreciative to each and every one of you for supporting Brooke and the family in our endeavors to provide the necessary care for her.


Posted on June 13, 2015

Posted on June 13, 2015

We are overwhelmed by the responses to the fundraiser for Brooke's surgery. Thank you so much for all the positive comments! They mean so much to the family and to Brooke. We have posted some new pictures of Brooke for you to be part of her journey.

If any of you don't feel comfortable in sending a donation through “We Pay”, we have set up a PO Box for you to mail your donation:

Melissa Boyd
P.O. Box 220
Fairfield, PA 17320

Please continue to pray for Brooke and consider sharing her story. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


Posted on June 13, 2015

Posted on June 13, 2015

We are overwhelmed by the responses to the fundraiser for Brooke's surgery. Thank you so much for all the positive comments! They mean so much to the family and to Brooke. We have posted some new pictures of Brooke for you to be part of her journey.

If any of you don't feel comfortable in sending a donation through “We Pay”, we have set up a PO Box for you to mail your donation:

Melissa Boyd
P.O. Box 220
Fairfield, PA 17320

Please continue to pray for Brooke and consider sharing her story. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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