Johnny Polk, grandfather of Lilly Goodson, said she is recovering at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He said Monday, “she has been awake, with the breathing tube taken out, but it had to be put back in after she was not getting enough oxygen.”
Polk said, “she is squeezing her mother’s hand when asked and is coherent, when she’s awake. The hospital is taking care of her immediate needs, and keeping her sedated because of the injuries.”
They are trying to get her feeling better, he explained. “Within a week, they plan to transfer her to the Shriner’s Hospital in Cincinnati, one of the best in the country, they tell us for this.”
Polk said she lost her ear in the attack.
“They will do some reconstructive surgery to her face and she will have her ear replaced and some other things done,” he said, “probably skin grafts.”
He said Shriners will cover all the costs, “we’re not worried about that,” he explained the account is to help with “the
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basic survival stuff — like gas for the car for my daughter to get to hospital, and taking care of the other kids.”
Polk said his daughter Amber, Lilly’s mother has three other children that are being cared for by family friends right now.
He set up the account at Wells Fargo.
“You can go to any Wells Fargo bank and make a donation to the Lilly Goodson donation account,” Polk said.
Griffin Police said Goodson was attacked Dec. 5, by the family dog while she was inside the fenced-in area of the family residence with the dog. Her paternal grandmother was also injured in the attack, trying to protect the girl and get the dog off of her.
Police had to shoot the dog to free the girl. Police reported Friday the body of the dog tested negative for rabies. Two other dogs at the home, another pit bull and a boxer puppy were taken from the home and remain at the Spalding County Animal Shelter.