Warning: the following content is graphic. Noah suffered extreme injuries during the dog attack. His throat, arteries and voice box were exposed; tissue, skin and muscle is missing from his face. The dog ripped out Noah’s parotid gland (spit gland) and fractured his jaw. Doctors are uncertain if Noah will regain feeling in the right side of his face or his mouth, and additional surgeries will be required to regain muscle movement on that side.
He is in Children’s ICU undergoing extensive medical treatment and will be for the foreseeable future. Noah’s already been through two surgeries and has another scheduled this week. The early surgeries are focused on cleaning and stabilizing the areas impacted by the attack, and mapping the nerves and arteries in his face. Reconstruction will require extensive additional surgeries. Noah lost so much muscle from the right side of his face from the attack that the doctors will have to graft skin and tissue from his thigh to reconstruct his face.
His road to recovery is long and will require multiple surgeries and comprehensive medical care, including nerve and facial specialists, and a reconstruction team. The medical team said to expect at least a month's stay in the hospital and to plan for additional surgeries after he is released.
As you can imagine, our family is reeling from this tragedy. Many have asked how they can help my sister Julia and Noah moving forward. Julia will be unable to work while she's in STL helping Noah recover. My goal is for my sister to be able to focus on her son's healing instead of worrying about financial strain. Funds will go towards lodging, food, travel back and forth to STL (as younger sister Haley is staying with family in Rolla), and any bills or unexpected expenses she has while she's out of work.
Anyone who knows Noah, knows he has an incredibly kind, gentle heart. He would do anything for anyone, and there are no words to express our heartbreak.
If you are unable to donate, simply sharing this fundraiser or keeping him in your prayers is greatly appreciated.
- Diane Walter
- Still Useable Ministries Church
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