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Fundraiser held for 7-year-old dog attack victim

Photo: Current photo of Avah Photo: Current photo of Avah
Photo: A fundraiser was held at Nicolino's Restaurant in Amsterdam to help Avah's mother with her growing medical bills. Photo: A fundraiser was held at Nicolino's Restaurant in Amsterdam to help Avah's mother with her growing medical bills.
Photo: Leslie Murray, Avah's mother Photo: Leslie Murray, Avah's mother
Photo: Avah's eye injury after the attack. Photo: Avah's eye injury after the attack.

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- One month after a dog attack, 7-year-old Avah Murray is recovering from the severe injuries she sustained to her right eye and neck.

Her mother Leslie Murray says she was visiting a friend's house for a sleepover, but when Avah got out of the car, a dog lunged toward the second grader and bit her.

Avah endured 21-hours of facial and throat reconstructive surgery at two different hospitals, at a very high cost to her family.

Monday she attended a fundraiser at Nicolino's Restaurant in Amsterdam organized by Moms Making a Difference to help her mother with her growing medical bills.

"Days before this happened, I stroked her face and how perfect her complexion is, I want it to be right back where it was so she doesn't feel awkward," said Murray.

Her mother hopes the surgeries can help put Avah's face back to the way it was before the attack, and she still needs two additional procedures.

Her right eye won't shut all the way and droops more than her left. Murray also learned the family responsible for the dog does not have homeowners insurance to help with any of Avah's medical costs.

"When this happened to her, we don't have sufficient insurance, it's cosmetic," she said.

Murray expects thousands of dollars in medical bills from the cosmetic surgeries, but she won't give up until the scars are erased.

"We wanted to help her get her surgeries; she's going to need some help," she said.

If you'd like to donate and was not able to make it to the fundraiser, you can donate by check to:

Moms Making a Difference

241 Midline Road

Amsterdam, N.Y. 12010

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