Jacklyn Tucker, Royal Palm Beach girl, bitten by dog expected to be released from hospital Saturday

The 11-year-old Royal Palm Beach girl who was bitten in the face by a dog is scheduled to be released from the hospital Saturday, and she might have some goodies at home waiting for her, her dad said.

Jack Tucker said Badcock Furniture is donating two gifts to help his daughter Jacklyn. Doctors at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood used a third of Jacklyn's bottom lip to cover the wound on her injured top lip Tuesday.

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.

Jacklyn had emergency plastic surgery when she arrived at St. Mary's Medical Center following the attack, but after two weeks, doctors realized that her body was not accepting the tissue they had used to repair the wounds. Jacklyn was transferred to Children's Hospital to see Dr. Drew Schnitt, who specializes in complex reconstruction.

The surgery Tuesday went well, but Jacklyn was left with her mouth stitched shut. In about three weeks, she is set to have another procedure to separate her lips.

Jacklyn posted a message on her dad's Facebook page Friday afternoon, giving "a big shout out" and saying thank you to her dad, other family members, supporters and doctors.

"Thank u for all ur help," she wrote.

A minute later, her dad posted that he saw her crack a smile for the first time since her surgery Tuesday.

"That was real good," Tucker said. "That made me smile."

Friday, both dad and daughter were in good spirits — a day after Jacklyn was unable to retain her medicine and fluids. Her dad said she is still rejecting her pain medication, but she is starting to drink and retain more. If she keeps it up, she'll be healing from the comfort of her home Saturday.

"She has to drink today so she can go home tomorrow," Tucker said.

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