Two dogs bit an 86-year-old retired army veteran on May 26 and is currently fighting for her life in a hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Gertrude Bishop, also known as Ms. Terri, was attacked as she retrieved groceries from her car in the driveway of her Hawthorne home.
Bishop’s son Wayne Thomas described his mother’s injuries on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for her medical care. “The attack left my mom with several major injuries which include: multiple lacerations over all of her body, a damaged trachea, a right ear that was chewed off, and a right leg so badly damaged from the attack, that it had to be amputated,” Thomas wrote.
Bishop has worked for the government for as long as she can remember. She has held positions as varied as director of social services and food pantry officer in Gainesville, Florida, and officer in the United States Army.
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“Despite everything, she always makes time to help someone in need and is willing to give her very last to help the downtrodden,” Thomas remarked.
According to statistics compiled by the National Library of Medicine, about 4.5 million Americans are att@cked by dogs yearly. Nineteen per cent of these bites end up being serious enough to require medical attention, placing dog bites as the thirteenth top cause of nonfatal visits to U.S. emergency rooms.
National Canine Research Foundation and National Canine Research Council statistics show that annually between 30 and 40 fatalities are reported in the United States. It was said that the dogs responsible for Bishop’s attack lived across the street and had broken over a fence. Larry Edwards, her next-door neighbour, used a metal chair to scare away the animals and then called her loved ones, saying that one of the dogs was a pit mix.
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As of the 31st of May, Bishop has had multiple operations and is now breathing with a trachea tube. However, her son says her vocal cords have healed, and she is talking more. She’ll be in the intensive care unit for a little longer, but “she’s a fighter,” he said.
“This road is long, but our journey will not stop until my mom comes home and gets back to her routine of life.”
Thomas claims that Bishop has given her statement to the local sheriff’s office and that the dogs are now under Animal Control’s watch. Charges will likely be filed.
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