A mom-of-4 has suffered appalling injuries after being bitten by the family dog.
Here's the full story...
Now, this horrifying situation should serve as a harsh reminder of the harm our dogs can carry.
Despite dogs being one of the more popular pet choices, it's important to remember that they can still cause a lot of damage when provoked.
Okay, for the most part, our dogs serve as nothing but faithful companions.
When treated and trained properly, dogs have proven to live quite harmoniously alongside us humans.
Admittedly, they make for the perfect companion...
The long walks, the comfort cuddles in bed - a dog is equipped for all those needs.
However, that doesn't mean a dog still can't pose as a threat.
Regardless of its breed, if a dog hasn't received adequate training or has suffered some form of trauma in its life, it can be incredibly dangerous to humans, especially children.
As most of you will know, a dog can pack in a substantial bite...
And, as anyone who has been bitten by a dog can confirm, it isn't a pleasant experience.
But sometimes, a dog bite can bring with it dire consequences.
Depending on the severity of the attack, people have been known to lose their limbs and, in worse case scenarios, their lives.
From 2005 to 2018, 471 Americans suffered death due to a dog bite injury...
According to DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group.
So, as you can see, a dog bite is no laughing matter...
And the latest story surrounding a dog attack is nothing short of horrifying.
Michelle Ellis, from Plymouth, U.K, was bitten by her dog last month.
On January 16th, one of her two dogs bit her on the hand while she was putting it in its cage.
The bite reportedly left a "small wound"...
But nothing concerning enough to go to the hospital about.
However, over the next couple of days...
Michelle's condition started to deteriorate, and she began suffering from "flu-like" symptoms.
Her health quickly declined...
And, just a couple of days later, Michelle developed sepsis, a life-threatening reaction to an infection.
She was placed into an induced coma at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth...
And was swiftly put on dialysis.
The sepsis has left both her hands in a dreadful state...
And doctors worry that she may have to have most of her fingers amputated.
Her sister, Melanie, shared an update on a fundraising page.
"It's still uncertain of how much of the fingers they can save but the doctor said they would make the fingers all the same length for a more functional hand. It's still all hard to believe this is happening to my dear sister. But she's alive and I'm grateful."
Melanie said that she is still unaware of what's happened with her hands.
She told The Sun:
"Her kidneys are still not working and the extent of the damage caused is uncertain at this time. She is still unaware of the situation with her hands, they are waiting to see if she is strong enough to absorb this."
Michelle has since woken from her coma...
But, because of the pandemic, her family have been unable to visit. On her condition, Melanie wrote on Facebook:
"We are not allowed to visit Michelle due to covid and because of her tracheotomy, she is unable to speak. It's so frustrating and upsetting not being able to be by her side to comfort her and not even being able to communicate via the telephone. The tracheotomy has enabled Michelle to have time off the ventilator and these periods are being lengthened each day with the hope that in time she will be able to breathe unsupported."
It will reportedly cost £32,000 ($43,900) for each hand to be replaced which a prosthetic one...
Which will need replacing every 5 years.
The family has since launched a fundraiser to help with the costs.
It has so far raised over £2,000 ($2,700).
While Michelle has pulled through, it's a "very long road to recovery," her family say.
The family dog is likely to be rehomed, but won't be put down.
Get well soon, Michelle!