Support Sydney Bailey
Plagued with nightmares, Sydney has had to relive her experiences over and over through her minds eye, and will need extensive therapy to help her gain the coping skills to deal with an experience no one should ever have to go through, let alone a child.
Once Sydney returned home, her family was overwhelmed with the difficulties of caring for their hurt daughter, while raising their two other children and Sydney's dad being deployed with the Marines.
All donations for the family would be used for both her uncovered medical and emotional recovery expenses, gas and travel expenses, childcare for her siblings due to ongoing appointments, and any other unforeseen cost to help in her ongoing recovery.
Please consider donating to the Bailey family to assist them in lessening this burden.
First of all I just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the support that you all have shown to our sweet girl and to our family. I continue to be blown away by so many people's selflessness and concern. Your prayers have been felt and your kind words have helped Sydney change her thoughts towards herself and what will now be her permanent appearance. She continues to have some soreness and burning with some of her wounds but all of her wounds are finally closed and as of about a week ago she no longer has any bandages. She is no longer ashamed of her wounds and does not beg me to cover them anymore. I know that is in large part to all of the kind words of everyone around her.
We have been frazzled as Sydney's daddy left on deployment and we have moved unexpectedly.
Sydney continues to suffer emotionally. She is now very aware of anything that may cause her harm and is hyper sensitive to her surroundings. This makes her very anxious and has prevented her from returning to her normal activities. She is now afraid of every animal and insect to the point of panic. This makes it difficult for her to play outside and usually makes her want to come back inside quickly. She does not want to be alone and is not sleeping well. She continues to have nightmares and flashbacks. She says she feels like there is a big dog in her closet waiting to come out and bite her head off. She continues to see her psychologist weekly and I hope with time all of this will get better.
PLEASE just continue to be aware of what these dogs are capable of. Educate those around you. Prevent this from happening to someone else.
Our deepest appreciation and love.
I don't know you or your family personally (I saw your story via FB), but I do know the trauma of a mauling and subsequent recovery. Two neighbor dogs dragged me off my own porch eleven years ago and did horrible damage to not just my body, but also my mind and soul (the nightmares you speak of were the worst). If you are a Christian, you may find "When God Weeps" by Joni Tada to be a help to your mother heart. I am praying for Sydney that God will not only her painful wounds (the pain! I'm so sorry!), but that He will protect her mind from the nightmares. From my children's bedtime prayer: "Calm our minds that fears may cease and rested bodies wake in peace".
We are so overwhelmed by the selfless generosity of so many. The kindness shown to our family and especially to our little girl has been so touching. I wish there was a way to show just how grateful we are. God Bless all of you.
We are blown away and so thankful from the bottom of our hearts for how so many have rallied around our family and our sweet girl during this terrible time in our life. We could never show just how thankful we truly are for the support you all have shown to a little girl that some of you have never even met. She is a fighter and I know she is going to get her fire back!! It's going to take time but if anyone can get through this....its Sydney!! God Bless every single one of you. Much love, Angel.