Maryville girl bitten by dog, undergoes surgery

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- An 8-year-old Maryville girl said she was just trying to see if her friends wanted to play when their family dog attacked her.

Surgery, hundreds of stitches and two hospital stays later, Sydney Bailey is home. Her arms, legs, even her backside wrapped in bandages.

"The dogs came running to the hill, one of them pushed me down and attacked me,” Bailey said, adding that the pitbull maliciously started biting her.

She sent her brother for help.

"I yelled at him, go get help and he started running. Then he finally got close enough 'til our poppy could hear him,” Bailey said.

“I walked in and I just saw blood everywhere,” said Angel Bailey, Sydney's mom, choking back tears. “And the first thing I saw was her arm. It was just tore open. I could just see it down to the bone."

Bailey was rushed to Blount Memorial Hospital where where she underwent emergency surgery. More than 100 external stitches later, she was released, only to return to East Tennessee Children's Hospital due to complications. On top of that, she caught the flu.

Bailey's dad, Adam, is with the Marine Corps, stationed in South Carolina. He rushed home when he got the news.

"I've done that drive countless times coming back and forth to spend weekends and leave periods with Angel and the kids, but that was the longest drive I've ever driven,” he said.

Now the little girl who loves to dance needs help walking. With her dad about to be deployed to the Middle East, a friend set up a GoFundMe account to help with Bailey's medical expenses.

It's one of the many acts of kindness the Bailey family has seen. They've received hundreds of cards from people around the country wishing their daughter well.

Blount County Animal Control took the dog, euthanized it, and tested the pitbull for rabies. The test came back negative, according to the Blount County Sheriff's Office.

The dog owner did not want to comment on what happened but does pray that Bailey makes a full recovery.

Bailey said she had been around the dog before. She did not know why this time was different.

The GoFundMe page can be found by following the link: https://www.gofundme.com/djvn8dtg