Kyleen Waltman, 38, continues to battle for her life after she was mauled by a stranger’s dog.
Waltman was walking toward her home in Honea Path on the morning of March 21 when three dogs attacked her. A passerby then found her in a ditch beneath the dogs and was able to get them off her and call for help.
Just after Waltman was airlifted to a hospital, doctors were forced to amputate both of her arms up to the shoulder and remove part of her colon. Her esophagus and spine also suffered injury, and her left leg is at risk of amputation if it doesn’t begin to improve, according to family members. Amy Wynne, Waltman’s sister, organized a GoFundMe page to help pay the mother of three’s bills.
“She has a long road ahead of her and will need medical and financial help. Every little bit would help greatly, but please do not feel obligated to donate,” Wynn wrote, adding that prayers are what their family needs most.
Waltman was originally removed from life support, where she then had woken up, which then allowed her to talk to her daughters and mother who have been by her side since the start of it all.
However, after a night without sedation, Waltman was put back on life support after her blood pressure and heartbeat suddenly spiked and her oxygen levels dipped.
“She’s no longer breathing on her own,” Wynne noted in an update. “They did a scan of her lungs and they’re full of fluid.”
Wynne revealed that that doctors have been giving her different medications for the fluid and trying to determine if she has pneumonia.
The owner of the three dogs that attacked Waltman, two of which were pit bulls, was identified as Justin Minor and taken into custody, WYFF reported.
Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office said the man faces three counts of penalty for the owner of dangerous animal attacks, one count of rabies control chapter violation, and one count of dangerous animals not permitted beyond premises unless restrained.
A judge set Minor’s bond at $15,000 and said he is due back in court in May. Abbeville Animal Control took possession of the dogs, according to the outlet.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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