A CHILD attacked by a dog in Swindon was flown to a specialist care unit at Bristol Frenchay Hospital early yesterday evening.
The youngster was rushed to the unit within 15 minutes.
The Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s air support unit wished the child a speedy recovery in a Facebook update.
A spokesman for Great Western Ambulance Service said a land crew had rushed the three-year-old girl to the helipad at Great Western Hospital within five minutes.
The child was given pain relief and conveyed to Frenchay Hospital where she was taken straight to a specialist unit needing plastic surgery.
Her condition was described by the spokesman as serious but not life threatening. The land crew requested air assistance at an early stage.
The GWH was used because it was the nearest available location for a landing in the dark.
Recent dog attacks in Swindon
A GRANDMOTHER suffered a heart attack in Swindon town centre when a dog seized her puppy in its jaws while she was holding it in her arms. Christine Kowalkowski-Cowling was holding the three-month-old Yorkshire terrier, called Pippa, when a pitbull-type terrier jumped up and bit the puppy’s face. The 60- year-old, passed out and her husband Jim tried to get the dog off while their five-year-old grandson looked on.
Two-year-old Keiron Guess suffered serious facial injuries after being attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in June. He underwent hours of surgery and was in an induced coma at Bristol Royal Children's Hospital. The dog responsible was surrendered to police and put down.
Dog on dog attacks in Swindon
TEENAGER Sam Poynter has been left too traumatised to take his dog out after a Rottweiler attacked his pet while he was walking near his home this week. The youngtser was walking Snowy, a Bichon Frise, in the green space near the children’s play area in Pinehurst when a Rottweiler, which was not on a lead, ran over to them. The dog picked Snowy up in its mouth and shook him violently, leaving him with two puncture wounds, nerve damage, a broken jaw and damage to his front leg.
A GREYHOUND was left fighting for her life after being attacked by a dog off it's leash in September. David Jones, 72, of Upper Stratton, was walking their 11-year-old greyhound, in Meadowcroft Rec when a Rottweiler or bull mastiff-type dog appeared out of nowhere. Romper suffered a puncture wound in her side and had a chunk taken out of her back.
GUIDE dog puppy Grace, who was attacked in the town centre just weeks before finishing her training will never get to work for the blind.
The pup was guiding her trainer, Philippa Davidson, through The Parade in March when a Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog bit her and held on for about 20 seconds. Philippa tried desperately to rebuild Grace’s confidence and get her to complete her training, but Grace had developed severe anxiety around other dogs that meant she could not safely guide a blind person.
GUIDE dog Lexie was attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier as she and blind owner Glynn Evans stepped off a bus in West Swindon. Luckily, Lexie managed to escape without any serious injury but Glynn was been left shaken by the attack.