Tuesday, June 24 2014, 06:29 PM CDT
Doctor helping girl from KFC incident
JACKSON, Mississippi -- A Mississippi girl who was asked to leave a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant because of her facial scars is getting some medical help.
A Las Vegas doctor flew to Jackson, Mississippi to meet with the girl and her family on Saturday.
Victoria Wilcher's tough spirit has captured hearts worldwide. And it tugged at the heartstrings of a surgeon from across the country who wants to do all he can to help Victoria heal. Dr. Frank Stile met 3-year-old Victoria for the first time at Jackson's Medgar Evers International Airport on Saturday.
The plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who trained at UMC and has expertise minimizing scars on professional fighters, flew from Las Vegas just for a few hours to meet this little fighter who was attacked by pitbulls.
"I saw Victoria's story on the news and social media and I was just very affected by it," the doctor said.
Victoria has impacted Dr. Stile so much he has offered his services for free. Lindsey Turk, one of the attorney's representing Victoria, says she and Victoria's family are filled with gratitude.
"I can't thank him enough, I can't thank his staff enough," she said.
Dr. Stile is not the only one pitching in. He has placed Victoria's picture and story on his foundation's website and says the contributions are overflowing.
"Most notable is Raymond Peter in Naples, Florida, who is a renowned prosthetician. He is donating a plastic eye for her," the doctor said.
The plan is to get Victoria to Florida for her new eye within the next week or two. Down the line, Dr. Stile said he will likely perform cosmetic procedures on Victoria and monitor her facial motor sensory loss.
Victoria's story went viral after her family said she was asked to leave a Jackson KFC because of her scars. Despite all she has been through, Victoria is still an average 3-year-old girl.
"She loves high fives, she loves Dr. Seuss books. She likes to put her hand on her hip and say girlfriend," the family attorney said.
A girl facing a long road ahead, made shorter by the kindness of strangers.