'Heroic' snout injury dog back home
A Philippine dog that lost half her face saving the lives of two girls has returned home after treatment in the United States.
The mixed-breed, called Kabang, had her snout and upper jaw sheared off in December 2011 when she jumped into the path of a motorcycle, stopping it from running over her owner's daughter and niece in southern Zamboanga city.
Filipino veterinarian Anton Lim said Kabang was treated at the University of California, Davis, veterinary hospital for seven months after 27,000 US dollars (£17,000) in donations was raised in the Philippines and abroad.
UC Davis veterinary Professor Frank Verstraete said doctors at the hospital performed surgery to heal her wounds, though they could not reconstruct Kabang's jaw or snout.
Doctors had to first treat her for other ailments, including a tumour and heartworm, to ensure her wounds would heal. They took skin from her cheeks, neck and forehead to cover up sensitive areas that were exposed on her face during surgery in March, Prof Verstraete said.
Kabang won widespread sympathy because of her injuries from what has been described as a heroic act.
A nurse from Buffalo, New York, spearheaded a fundraising campaign to bring Kabang to the United States because Philippine veterinaries could not treat her.
Mr Lim said donations poured in from 45 countries. "It is very fulfilling that at least our hope in humanity is restored," he said.
He added: "Now, if you give unconditional love to your dog, of course they will give it back to you. So, she saved two lives so the whole world actually came together to save hers, so it is really a very nice symbol for everyone," he said.
A parade is planned for Kabang in Zamboanga on Sunday, Mr Lim said.