‘Dog ate face’ gran delighted at support

Wendy Hamriding
Wendy Hamriding
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Wendy astounded by huge interest and public wishes

A grandmother who revealed how her dog ate half her face but saved her life by forcing her to give up alcohol says she has been overwhelmed by the huge level of national interest in her story.

Wendy Hamriding, 53, of Ribbleton, Preston, told the Evening Post about how she was an alcoholic only weeks away from death when she fell down the stairs of her home knocking herself unconscious two years ago.

While she lay there, Wendy’s pet dog Cassie tried to wake her up and Wendy believes her pet dog began nibbling her face but then got carried away.

When Wendy awoke, she discovered her dog had eaten half her face and one of her eyes was missing.

Wendy had to have her face re-built and was left blind after the incident and underwent countless operations at Royal Preston Hospital as specialists battled to get back the sight in her remaining eye.

The mum-of-two who has two grandchildren can now see again after undergoing a miraculous procedure where surgeons used her tooth to make her an artificial cornea and implanted it into her cheek before replacing it in her eye.

Since the Evening Post broke the story, Wendy’s tale has been featured in national newspapers, on television and radio and she will be featured in magazines and on chat shows.

Wendy today said: “I am amazed and overwhelmed as I never imagined there would be so much interest in my story.

“I am astounded at the public reaction and I have had so many well wishes of support.

“I want to thank the Lancashire Evening Post for telling my story in such a sensitive and truthful way and my goal now is to help other people who are battling alcohol and addictions.

“I want to do talks and I want people to see my face and shock them into realising the extent of alcoholism.”