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Columbus teen reflects on pit bull attack two years later

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two years-ago Melba Warren walked in the same shoes that the friends and family of Synthia Watson walk in today.

Warren's then 12 year-old granddaughter Brianna Watkins was viciously attacked by a pit bull right in her own backyard.

She suffered severe injuries, both of her ears were ripped off and she still wears a hat covering a wound that stretches across her head.

"It was very scary I didn't know whether I was going to live or die," Watkins said.

Brianna and her grandmother Melba says the pit bull climbed a five foot fence and crossed into their backyard.

"It's something you don't ever want to go through, to find her out there the way she was. If I hadn't gone out there, I would have never known she was there," Warren said.

Two years later Brianna is doing better.

"It's been tough but with my amazing friend and family helping me out, it's been easy, I can pretty much say," Watkins said.

After hearing about 2 year old Synthia over the weekend Watson Melba Warren says she understands completely what her family is going through.

"It's something you don't forget overnight she's got a long road ahead of her; it's going to be hard," Watson.  

Two years later Brianna still makes trips to Atlanta regularly for checkups.

"It's not all behind us and I don't think it ever will be. It is a long road and we still go through it now, and will be probably for the next year or two."

Brianna hasn't let that stop her from living her life, and she offers the same encouragement to little Synthia.

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