A Las Vegas plastic surgeon has volunteered to help the little girl whose grandma says she was kicked out of a Mississippi KFC after being told her scars from a pit bull attack were “disrupting” other customers.
Dr. Frank Stile flew out to Jackson to meet with 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher for the first time on Saturday, according his Facebook page.
Victoria was mauled by three of her grandfather’s pit bulls in April. She lost her right eye and can no longer move that side of her face. Her nose, cheek bone and jaw were all broken during the attack.
Kelly Mullins, Victoria’s grandmother, said she recently took her granddaughter to KFC after a doctor’s appointment. While there, they were reportedly approached by an employee.
“They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers,’” Mullins told WAPT-TV.
The story went viral. The Victoria’s Victories Facebook page, which provides updates on the little girl’s progress, now has more than 172,000 likes. A GoFundMe page set up to help pay for Victoria’s medical care has raised more than $ 134,000 as of Saturday afternoon.
On Monday, Stiles, who said he was touched by the story, reached out to Victoria’s family and offered his services.
“Things can always be made to look better,” Stile told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We’re not hoping for miracles here, we’re going to do our best.”
His nonprofit, The Frank L. Stile Foundation, will cover the costs of the expensive reconstructive procedures, which Stile said would normally cost tens of thousands of dollars.
“We are very excited (and very thankful) that Dr. Frank Stile will be flying in from Las Vegas Nevada this week to evaluate Victoria,” her family wrote on the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page on Wednesday.
Stile said in a Facebook post that Raymond E. Peters, the owner of the Florida-based Center for Custom Prosthetics, has agreed to donate a prosthetic eye and help out with Victoria’s surgeries.
But the recovery will not happen overnight.
“This is definitely not going to be a one-shot deal,” Stile told 13 Action News. “This is going to be something that is going to be gradual and over the course of several years, possibly, and into her early adulthood.”
As for KFC, the fast food chain has since apologized for the incident, and a spokesman said it will donate $ 30,000 to the family.
According to The Clarion-Ledger, the Jackson KFC in question has hired a third party to investigate the allegations because an internal review could not verify the incident.