Dog bite victim in good spiritsDEBORAH DARLINGTON shows her wounds to Jamal Batson owner of the pit bulls that attacked her. (Maria Bradshaw)
By Maria Bradshaw | Sat, June 02, 2012 - 12:02 AM
A REMORSEFUL Jamal Batson has vowed to do everything possible to assist the woman who was mauled by his pack of pit bulls last month.
He made the promise on Wednesday evening when he visited Deborah Darlington at her Kingsland, Christ Church home.
The 50-year-old woman received several injuries to her body on April 30 when she was attacked by four pit bulls while walking through Jasper Avenue, a road near to her home.
The owner was at home sleeping when his dogs attacked not only Darlington but her daughter’s boyfriend Kemar Barrow and her two year-old grandson Kamali just before dawn.
He told the SATURDAY SUN that he was still hurting over the incident, especially since he knew Darlington.
“I have known ‘mum’ for a very long time, and I have been coming here to look for her since the incident, and I want to help her, but I don’t want to say much because the police are involved.”
Batson explained that he had the pit bulls for about four years and he got them for security after his house was broken and entered several times.
Asked if he had euthanized the dogs, Batson said it was not as easy as that.
“I just can’t put the dogs to sleep like that; it would be considered cruelty to animals. There is a process which is involved,” he stated, while stressing that the dogs were now properly secured.
Darlington, who has been receiving treatment almost daily at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, admitted that the situation was equally difficult for her since she knew Batson.
“I know Jamal for years, so this is really hard for me,” she said.
But while updating him on her treatment, Darlington let him know that she wanted one of the dogs to be put down.
“There is a big black one that bite off my ear; I would like that one put down. Whenever I close my eyes, I see him coming at me with his mouth open and his brown teeth. All I could do was put my hands to my face and lie still. The other dogs were biting at my legs, but it was God that intervened at that time,” she recalled.
Surprisingly, she has managed to remain positive despite the horrific ordeal.
Smiling broadly, she declared: “I feel really good. I pray a lot and I have kept focused. People are surprised that I am out and about, and that I am happy and laughing, but I am not really thinking about it (the attack). My doctor looked at me the other day and said he was amazed at how good the wounds were healing.”
Apart from the “40 plus injections” which she has received so far, Darlington said she has also been taking regular sea baths which she believes have also helped heal the wounds.
“There was a bite on my leg that left a big hole which you could put your finger through, but it is getting smaller now. I am still visiting the ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist about my ear. They have not made a decision yet if to refer me to a plastic surgeon; and they are monitoring the wounds under my breast to make sure that they do not collect fluid,” she explained.
But despite her improvement, Darlington still has not been able to walk through Jasper Avenue, where the attack occurred, even though it was a shortcut for her.
“I now take the long road even to catch the bus. I am not ready to walk through there as yet,” she said.
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