A Las Vegas surgeon said he was so moved by the story of 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher, who was mauled by pit bulls and allegedly told to leave a restaurant because of her scarred appearance, that he is offering to provide her with reconstructive surgery for free.
"I saw Victoria's story on the news and on social media, and I was very affected by it. And it just seemed like the obvious thing to do: just get involved," Dr. Frank Stile told CNN affiliate WJTV.
Victoria sustained severe facial scars and lost her right eye and the ability to move the right side of her face after the April pit bull attack at her grandfather's home. Nearly two months after the attack, Victoria was allegedly asked to leave a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi, because her scarred face was reportedly scaring customers.
"They just told us, they said, 'We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers.' (Victoria) understood exactly what they said," Victoria's grandmother Kelly Mullins told CNN affiliate WAPT.
Mullins later told WAPT that Victoria is embarrassed about what she looks like. "She's embarrassed and I hate it because she shouldn't be. It ain't her fault," Mullins told the CNN affiliate.
News about the toddler's plight went viral after Victoria's picture was posted on the Facebook page Victoria's Victories with the text, "Does this face look scary to you?" The outpouring of support for Victoria caught the attention of Stile.
"It's tough enough to be a kid that's whole. To be a child that has some type of difference makes it exquisitely challenging," Stile told WJTV.
Stiles offered his services free of charge and traveled to Jackson, Mississippi, over the weekend to talk with Victoria and her family about her upcoming facial reconstruction. WJTV reports Victoria will be fitted with a prosthetic eye within the next week or two.
The dogs that attacked Victoria in April were killed. The grandfather, Donald Mullins, from whom Kelly Mullins is divorced, was arrested on child endangerment charges, WAPT reported.
KFC, who has been investigating the alleged incident, said it has "zero tolerance for any kind of disrespectful behavior." The fast-food chain announced, regardless of its findings, it will donate $30,000 to assist with Victoria's medical bills.
CNN Wires contributed to this report.