Zainabou underwent multiple surgeries during her two months at Cincinnati Children's Hospital (FOX19)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
By Kendall Herold
Several local organizations are stepping up this weekend to help a 6-year-old girl who was attacked by two pit bulls.
Zainabou Drame was attacked by two pit bulls in June outside her Westwood home. During the attack, doctors say the dogs ripped out Zainabou's tongue. She can't speak, and has to eat through a tube. Now, she's learning to communicate using sign language and working hard to regain her voice.
The 6-year-old spent 60 days in the hospital after the attack and has had multiple surgeries. Her family says the cost of her treatment is reaching $1 million.
Zainabou is back at school, and learning to communicate using sign language and working to regain her voice.
"She makes noises, you know, when she goes to speech therapy, she'll make sounds and stuff with her mouth, so that's going good. She did really good the last time she was there," Zainabou's mother said.
The Sentinels, The Fraternal Order of Police, and The Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48 are hosting a fundraiser for Zainabou and her family Friday at the Horseshoe Casino from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $25 per person.
"It's impossible not to smile when you see her. When we saw her last time as compared to now, you can't help but smile. She looks like a kid again. She's playing, playing with dolls. She could care less what I'm saying, and that's how it should be," said Cincinnati Police Officer Kyle Strunk who helped saved Zainabou's life.
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell also spent time with Zainabou tonight, and says he's happy to see how a tragic situation can create so much good.
"Look at the makeup of this room. It happened on District 3, you know, a historic neighborhood, and it's brought an entire city together. We're all pulling for little Zainabou, and we want her to do well," said Chief Blackwell.
Donations can also be mailed to the Sentinel Police Association Office at 1889 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45214.