Brooklinn Khoury, the 22-year-old model and skater whose lip and portions of her nose were torn off by a pit bull, underwent major plastic surgery earlier this month in order to craft a new "lip" from a forearm skin graft.
Khoury was attacked in 2020 when a relative's dog ravaged her face. She has spent one whole year vetting surgeons to repair her catastrophic facial injuries.
The Daily Mail reported that she said the animal was "was shaking her head like a toy" during the attack, which ultimately saw the model lose her entire upper lip and parts of her nose.
What are the details?
A YouTube video from Khoury's channel titled, "I'm getting surgery!" detailed the aftermath of the November 2020 accident on the one-year anniversary of the attack.
Khoury said, "I have really mixed feelings about [the surgery]. I'm excited to get surgery to begin to heal again and work with this doctor. I'm also really sad to kind of stop my life again and have to go through the healing process."
She continued, "I feel like I'm such an active person, so for me to be out for a little bit, it hurts my head mentally. Coming out of the surgery, I am not going to be able to move my mouth at all, so I have to have a feeding tube up my nose. I have to be on a liquid diet. I have to be in the hospital for five days after the surgery. It's gonna be a lot, so I'm gonna need all the prayers I can get."
According to the Daily Mail, Khoury's surgery reportedly cost $400,000.
In the video, Khoury said that the "very complex surgery," which involved having her arm cut open in order to remove a main artery to supply blood to the new skin around her mouth, was scheduled for Nov. 17.
"They have to take a main artery and take the skin, fold it and put it put it on my mouth," she described. "The artery needs to supply blood so they're going to cut a little of my neck and take the artery underneath my skin and connect it to my lip so that I have blood flow for the new skin."
Khoury has yet to debut her new after-look following the surgery.
I'm getting Surgery !www.youtube.com
In an early November Instagram post, Khoury wrote, "This attack has taught me to truly love myself inside and out regardless of what people have to say. It taught me that society puts high standards on beauty, but the reality is that everyone is beautiful in their own way. It has taught patience with the way people have reacted towards my story. It has taught me to love even when I didn't feel it from others. It has shown me how precious life is. I will never take that for granted. Thank you for all your continued support on this journey and don't forget to hug someone you love today."
One week after the November 2020 attack, Khoury shared video footage of the immediate aftermath and captioned it, "Trying to type out what to say has been very difficult. Sometimes we don't know why things happen to us. I can't wrap my head around why this is happening to me but I know God has a greater plan, I just can't see it now."
"On November 3rd I was severely attacked in the face by a pit bull, my whole top lip and edges of my nose are completely ripped off," she wrote at the time. "It's crazy how your life can change so dramatically in the split of a second. I'm trying to stay as positive as I can about this whole situation, but I will be honest I am scared about my future, or if I'll ever be able to smile again or eat normally. This is the beginning of a long journey to recovery. Please remember to hug someone you love today."
Week 1 vlog after a dog bit off my top lip and bottom part of my nose.www.youtube.com