ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — There will be a fundraiser held today for the 11-year-old Royal Palm Beach girl who was bitten in the face by a dog last month.
Jacklyn Tucker's top lip and a part of her nose were severed during a June 19 sleepover when she was attacked by a friend's dog.
She had emergency plastic surgery when she arrived at St. Mary's Medical Center after the attack, but two weeks later, doctors realized that her body was not accepting the tissue they had used to repair the wounds. Jacklyn was transferred to Joe DiMaggio Children's to see Dr. Drew Schnitt, a plastic surgeon who specializes in complex reconstruction.
There, doctors performed a second surgery to cover the wound on her top lip earlier this month, which left her mouth stitched shut. On Tuesday, they did a third to separate and align her lips.
Once Jacklyn heals from the most recent surgery, doctors will begin work on her nose, her dad, Jack Tucker, said.
Today, Park Avenue BBQ Grille in Wellington will donate 25 percent of its proceeds to Jacklyn, and the law office of William Abramson will host a raffle. The top prize is an iPad 3, donated by Abramson's office. Second prize is a 32-inch flat screen TV, donated by Badcock Furniture, and the third prize is a $100 gift card to Park Avenue BBQ Grille.
Jacklyn will select the raffle winners at Park Avenue BBQ about 8 p.m. tonight.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased before 8 p.m. by calling Abramson's office at (561) 650-1898.
Those who wish to make monetary donations can do so by visiting indiegogo.com/jacklyntuckerfundraiser or any Chase Bank, where a trust fund has been created for Jacklyn.