Girl Mauled by Friend's Dog at Sleepover
Jacklyn Tucker, 11 (Courtesy: Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida)
Jacklyn Tucker was at a friends house for a sleepover Tuesday night.
She told her dad she fell asleep on the familys couch.
At some point during the night she rolled off and landed on the floor.
When she opened her eyes, she saw the familys dog, Tanker, standing in front of her, growling, according to the Palm Beach Post.
"I just laid there, and I closed my eyes, hoping the dog would just go away," Tucker said, the Post reports.
Instead of going away, the Jack Russell terrier-English bulldog mix pounced on the girl's face, tearing off three-quarters of her upper lip and part of her nose.
In order to repair the wound, plastic surgeons took tissue from Tucker's bottom lip.
"It's called a lip switch," said Dr. Drew Schnitt, at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital told ABC News.
According to Schnitt, surgeons take a wedge from the lower lip, flip it upside down and insert it into the upper lip.
"In two to three weeks, new blood vessels will grow into the tissue," he said.
Tucker will then have to have another procedure.
Tanker, the dog, was surrendered to Animal Care and Control, according to local reports.
He will likely be euthanized.