Bill Johnson said he knew the family had dogs, but he had no idea it had a pit bull when he dropped his 10-year-old daughter off at her friend’s house in Philadelphia on Dec. 7, 2012.
About 90 minutes later, Johnson said he was on his way back over to the house because his daughter, Adara, had been bitten in the face by the same pit bull.
Johnson pulled up, parked behind the ambulance, and he said the first paramedic he met told him Adara had been bitten by the dog and would need a few stitches.
When the paramedics brought Adara out, her head was covered, and Johnson said he hopped in his car and followed the ambulance to the nearest hospital.
The first time Johnson said he saw his daughter’s face was in the emergency room. Her whole face had been mauled, and it had been torn from her ear to the corner of her lip, he said.
After Adara had been cleaned up and given pain medicine, Johnson said the plastic surgeon on call at the hospital told him her wounds were beyond his capabilities. That’s when the head plastic surgeon was called and Bill said they were told to take Adara to his office, which he could get to quicker.
After Adara was taken to the doctor’s office and was stitched up, Johnson said he asked the doctor how many stitches she received.
“He said to me that night, ‘too many to count.'” Johnson said. “It was about 75 stitches. And she does have a future scar-reduction surgery.”