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[ANON POST] Effects of dog attack on six-year-old girl

Setting: Aberdeen (Scotland), early 1995.
Google: "dog attack throat", "dog attack throat damage", "dog bites girl's throat", "if throat is bitten what are after effects", "after effects of a bitten throat", "non-fatal dog attacks on children". Wikipedia: "Dog attack", "List of fatal dog attacks in the United States". little-details: "~animals (misc)", "~medicine: injuries", "~medicine: injuries (misc)".

Having never been attacked by a dog, nor knowing anyone who has, I have to turn to this community. The character I'm writing for, let's call her L, is attacked by a Doberman at the age of six after accidentally provoking it. I originally intended the dog in question to go for the throat, because previous research has told me that aggressive dogs tend to go for that area. My questions are as follows:

A) Would the girl actually survive a dog attack to the throat? Does her mother being in the vicinity at the time of attack make a difference to her mortality rate, or does that further decrease the damage?

B) If she does survive, what would be the physical damage retained by the attack? Like, would her windpipe be crushed and give her breathing difficulties? Or would it affect her voice rather than her breath? Would there be any other underlying physical after-effects, besides bite-scars in the affected area?

C) I am almost certain there would be severe mental after-effects, such as PTSD, but would it be realistic and/or possible for the character to repress the memory of such an attack through the resulting Dissociative Identity Disorder? The reason I ask is because she is a humanization of a pre-existing character which, while going through identical mental trauma, could not retain the same physical damage due to her different genus. Since her original form did not remember the attack until undergoing therapy in an institution, I am constrained to keep the humanized character in the same position.

Thank you in advance for the information.
Tags: ~animals: pets, ~medicine: injuries (misc), ~psychology & psychiatry: ptsd

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