Reconstruction under way for Bosveld woman disfigured in pitbull attack

Ronelle Seitz. (Photo: Supplied)
Ronelle Seitz. (Photo: Supplied)

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A Polokwane woman whose scalp was ripped off by two pitbulls is undergoing reconstructive surgery to restore the injuries inflicted by the dogs.

Ronelle Seitz (59) tripped and fell on stairs at the home of family members on 26 October. The dogs attacked as a relative was helping her to her feet.

Family members tried in vain to pull the dogs off Ronelle and were forced shoot the animals.

Ronelle’s scalp was ripped off and she sustained bite wounds to her face, arm, legs, feet and torso.

According to Tess Riekert, a family spokesperson, Ronelle had her second operation on 30 October.

“Skin from her thigh was grafted onto her head. Doctors have also started her facial graft and are satisfied with the blood supply to her face.

“They’ve also laid the foundation for reconstructing her nose.”

Ronelle is recovering in the Netcare Pholoso Hospital in Polokwane.

Ronelle Seitz

Tess says her next surgery is scheduled for 11 November, when her facial construction will be resumed.

Ronelle doesn’t belong to a medical aid and her family depends on donations to provide for her full recovery. The hospital’s management has also appealed to the media to respect their patient’s privacy so she can get better soon.

“She’s needs as much rest as possible and we have to eliminate any risk of infection,” says Fabion Bennett, general manager of Netcare Pholoso Hospital.

“The constant media attention has a significant impact on her and her family.”

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