The photo diary that has helped to heal: Girl, 6, left with a shattered jaw and horrific scarring after her face was mauled by dogs has 30 images taken a day to enable her to accept her injuries

Mail Online | 3/6/2018 | Jack Flanagan For Mailonline
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Paige Woody, 41, from Crestview, Florida, USA, watched in terror as two pit bulls grabbed her daughter, who was then five, by the face, tearing her skin and leaving her eye hanging from its socket.

After multiple surgeries to repair the horrific damage, daughter Zoey, now six, is using selfies to repair her lost self confidence.

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'She constantly takes selfies of herself, she takes around 30 a day while she feels her scars and tries to smile,' mother Paige says.

'She pulls at her face and does different things to take pictures to see if she looks different and is definitely aware of her scars.

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'A couple of times she has asked if she was ugly and of course I tell her it's not true and that she's beautiful.'

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When her daughter was attacked, Paige threw herself over daughter, Zoey, as the dogs continued to ferociously snap, gnawing the back of the mum-of-three's head, damaging her knee and tearing part of her ear off.

After rushing to hospital, she was airlifted to a specialist unit to undergo ten hours of extensive procedures to repair her jaw - that had been 'shattered into hundreds of pieces' - and to stitch her face back together again.

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She was lucky to survive and went onto have in-depth facial surgeries, dissoluble plates fitted into her jaw and the reconstruction of her upper and lower eye.

Zoey, now six, is set to undergo her third skin graft next month (April) and is learning to accept the life-altering damage to her face thanks to taking up to 30 selfies a day.

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Her mum believes the photos, which range from smiles to silly and serious faces, as well as her pulling at her scarring, is helping her to appreciate her differences and track her monthly progress.

Paige a full-time parent, said:...
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