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.