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Ind. girl faces surgeries after pit bull attack

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A 4-year-old Elkhart girl faces reconstructive surgery next month after she was bitten in the face by a pit bull.

Since the pit bull bit off Damonica Paul’s nose in July, the child already has had four surgeries on her face. The first of several reconstructive surgeries is scheduled for next month in Indianapolis.

Her mother, Melissa Paul, told South Bend television station WSBT that the child is developing a complex about her appearance and can’t understand why she can’t go outside and play.

She says doctors have told the family a fall could cause medical complications.

Doctors say Damonica likely will be in and out of surgery for the next two to three years.

City officials are reviewing a proposal that would ban pit bulls in the northern Indiana city.

Information from: WSBT-TV, http://www.22wsbt.com/

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