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Mother takes down all mirrors in her home after a Labrador tore off her nine-year-old’s lip

A mother has been forced to take down all the mirrors in her home to stop her nine-year-old daughter seeing the ‘catastrophic’ injury inflicted on her face by a labrador.

Lily-Fay Parfitt celebrated her ninth birthday at home in Southwater, West Sussex, yesterday – just nine days after the vicious dog tore into her mouth and cheek.

Surgeons told Kelly Parfitt, 32, her daughter’s injuries were 9.5 out of ten on a severity scale. Lily-Fay was left deaf in one ear and unable to close her eyes. 

Lily-Fay Parfitt pictured after the attack

Lily-Fay Parfitt celebrated her ninth birthday at home in Southwater, West Sussex, yesterday – just nine days after the vicious dog tore into her mouth and cheek. Pictured before she was mauled, left, and in hospital afterwards, right

‘The surgeon took one look at her and said “it’s life changing, we don’t know if she will get senses back because of the severity of the injury”, Ms Parfitt said.

Lily-Fay is expected to be ‘scarred for life’ after the unknown dog ‘came straight to her’ before launching into the air and clamping on to her jaw with its teeth.

She had been playing with her cousins and siblings after school on her aunt’s farm in Pulborough, West Sussex, when the dog, which had been left tied up, attacked her.

Mother-of-five and full-time carer Ms Parfitt said: ‘The dog actually came straight to her. 

Surgeons told Kelly Parfitt, 32, her daughter's injuries were 9.5 out of ten on a severity scale

Surgeons told Kelly Parfitt, 32, her daughter’s injuries were 9.5 out of ten on a severity scale

‘I heard an ear-piercing scream as it grabbed her top lip and tore out her cheek, leaving catastrophic wounds.

‘My mum got to her before I did because I had her baby brother in my arms, she told me “don’t come near” and pushed me away.

‘The injuries to Lily’s face is something that I never want to see again. Her top jaw, her top teeth, her tongue and bottom jaw had been degloved.’

Her two younger brothers, who witnessed the attack on Friday, September 20, were traumatised by the incident and are now terrified of any dogs they don’t know. 

The next day Lily-Fay was taken in for an operation on her face and by Monday, September 23, she was home – but her mother made sure to remove any mirrors.       

‘It’s life changing for Lily, she can’t smile as she’s lost her lips. What I can see of her lip at the moment is that it’s really jagged, like a jigsaw piece,’ Ms Parfitt said.

‘We’ve taken all mirrors down and covered the one in the bathroom up so she can’t see her reflection.

Lily-Fay is expected to be 'scarred for life' after the unknown dog 'came straight to her' before launching into the air and clamping on to her jaw with its teeth

Lily-Fay is expected to be ‘scarred for life’ after the unknown dog ‘came straight to her’ before launching into the air and clamping on to her jaw with its teeth 

The dog took off so much skin that Lily-Fay lost 25 percent from her top lip and surgeons were concerned stitching her up too tightly may leave her mouth drooping

The dog took off so much skin that Lily-Fay lost 25 percent from her top lip and surgeons were concerned stitching her up too tightly may leave her mouth drooping

‘I think she’s going to be shocked because she’s very into photos and selfies.

‘I feel like I’m in a daze, it’s like I’m in a dream. I think I’ll wake up and it will be a bad nightmare but clearly it’s not going to happen. It’s still so raw. Lily has been so brave.

‘She’s also having night terrors. She won’t go anywhere without me at all times.

‘She’s doing alright, but I don’t think it’s hit her yet. It’s all covered up so she can’t see it. When [the gauze] comes off is when it’s going to seem real to her.’    

Lily-Fay had 192 stitches on the outside of her cheek to hold it together, 38 stitches in her lip and even more inside her cheek.

The day after the attack Lily-Fay had an operation on her face and by Monday, September 23, she was home - but her mother Kelly Parfitt (pictured) made sure to remove any mirrors

The day after the attack Lily-Fay had an operation on her face and by Monday, September 23, she was home – but her mother Kelly Parfitt (pictured) made sure to remove any mirrors

Lily-Fay had been playing with her cousins and siblings after school on her aunt's farm in Pulborough, West Sussex, when the dog, which had been left tied up, attacked her. Pictured, Lily Fay holding a chicken 20 minutes before she was attacked

Lily-Fay had been playing with her cousins and siblings after school on her aunt’s farm in Pulborough, West Sussex, when the dog, which had been left tied up, attacked her. Pictured, Lily Fay holding a chicken 20 minutes before she was attacked

The dog took off so much skin that she lost 25 percent from her top lip and surgeons were concerned stitching her up too tightly may leave her mouth drooping.

Shockingly it was the little girl’s 104th surgery as Lily-Fay was born with a rare birth defect leaving her with a horseshoe-shaped kidney and just 40 percent of her bowel.

With three weeks off school to prevent infection, the youngster is determined to keep up with her school work and Ms Parfitt says she even smiled last week. 

‘She’s already had so much going on in her little life as it is, she’s doing really well,’ her mother added. ‘As far as I am aware the dog has been destroyed.

The nine-year-old was taken in to hospital where she had an operation before being allowed home. Pictured, Lily-Fay in hospital still wearing her blood-splattered unicorn jumper

The nine-year-old was taken in to hospital where she had an operation before being allowed home. Pictured, Lily-Fay in hospital still wearing her blood-splattered unicorn jumper

A doctor's note detailing the injury to Lily-Fay's cheek after the dog attacked her

A doctor’s note detailing the injury to Lily-Fay’s cheek after the dog attacked her

‘I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, but it’s happened to the child who has already gone through 103 operations in her life because of her rare birth defect.

‘It’s not like she’s like any other child at school. She’s already gone through the mill as it is, we don’t know how many more ops it will be.’ 

Sussex Police said officers had responded to reports of a child being bitten at a farm in Pulborough between 6pm and 7pm on Friday, September 20.

A spokesperson said: ‘The eight-year-old girl suffered serious facial injuries and was taken to hospital.

‘The owners of the dog have been identified and are assisting police with the ongoing investigation.’ 

An ambulance picked Lily-Fay up from her aunt's farm in West Sussex before rushing the then eight-year-old to hospital for treatment

An ambulance picked Lily-Fay up from her aunt’s farm in West Sussex before rushing the then eight-year-old to hospital for treatment

Lily-Fay's cheek after the attack

Lily-Fay's face is covered in gauze

Sussex Police said officers had responded to reports of a child being bitten at a farm in Pulborough between 6pm and 7pm on Friday, September 20. Pictured, Lily-Fay’s injuries

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