FOLLOWUP: After Surgeries, Pit Bull Victim Finally ‘Getting Her Smile Back’
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
Nearly two years ago (read our previous coverage here), pit bull attack victim Jeanette Cunningham told me “I just want to get my smile back…” at the Burien Farmers Market.
Jeanette “lost” her smile when she was attacked by a pit bull while crossing a Burien street on July 24, 2010. Her face was disfigured in the attack, with the majority of the damage done to her mouth and chin area, caused by the dog jumping up and biting her face.
As we reported Sept. 2, 2010, $5,500 was raised to help pay for additional surgery for Jeanette,
This week, Jeanette stopped by The B-Town Blog booth, and what a difference we saw – check out the before and after pics:
“I received my second surgery six weeks ago,” Jeanette said, this time with a smile. “‘Dr. J’ at Harborview did some liposuction, injected fat into my lips and repaired scar tissue on my chin. And now I can smile again…”
As many of our Readers may also recall, Jeanette’s husband Walter took the City of Burien to task for releasing the suspect pit bull to a residence in Yakima (read his Letter to the Editor here). Here’s a poster he posted around town then that shows the extent of the damage Jeanette suffered: