Brave Wendy Hamriding said today she has no fear of dogs despite the attack that robbed her of her sight.
Wendy was able to regain some vision after she was attacked by her mongrel, when specialists used a tooth to make her an artificial cornea, which they then implanted into her cheek before putting it into her eye, allowing her to see again.
Wendy has since suffered a bleed in her eye which has taken away most of the restored sight, but she is optimistic it will return once the bleed has cleared.
And she said she has never blamed her dog Cassie for chewing her face, instead crediting the pet with saving her life by stopping her drinking again.
Grandmother-of-two Wendy said: “Cassie was just trying to wake me up – I don’t blame her in the slightest. I was heartbroken when I found out she had to be put down.
“I have always loved dogs and at one point, I had two dogs. In fact, I love all animals and have had cockatiels, snakes, guinea pigs and rabbits as well as dogs.
“I have really missed having a dog since Cassie and the house just hasn’t felt the same without animals.
“I have now decided that I will get a guide dog in the new year.
“My sons weren’t too happy about it when I told them and that is understandable on their part as they will be worried about me. But my experience has definitely put me off dogs and I have no fear of them.
“Getting a guide dog will make life so much better as I will be able to get out more. At the moment, I only get to go out a couple of times a week with my carer.”
Since the bleed started in Wendy’s eye, she can still see a little, but not like she used to after the surgery.
Wendy is under the care of consultant Mark Vose at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals who told her about the procedure called osteo-odonto keratoprosthesis which aims to restore vision in patients where all previous attempts have failed.
It involves removing a canine tooth from the patient, shaping and drilling it to allow implantation of an artificial corneal device and ultimately implanting it back into the eye a few months later.
The tooth is harvested into the cheek for a while before being transferred to the eye.
Wendy said: “Since the bleed I have only been able to make out shapes and shadows but I am hopeful my sight will return once the bleed has cleared.
“Getting a guide dog will mean that I will be able to go out and about by myself locally and to the shops.
“I am so excited about getting a labrador and it will be spoilt rotten!”