On July 22, 2008, Allena was working on her ranch in Caliente, California, when a black bear attacked her. The attack left Allena with severe injuries to her jaw, lips, earlobes, cheeks and forehead. Facial and reconstructive surgeon at UCLA, Dr. ...
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Treating Allena's Facial Injuries Dr. Drew Ordon: As you can imagine, her face literally torn apart, particularly her forehead, her nose, her cheeks, and her mouth. Dr. Travis Stork: Well, we have Dr. Kimberly Lee with us, a Facial and Plastic reconstructive surgeon. And you saw her initially after the injury, correct? Dr. Kimberly Lee: Yes! Dr. Travis Stork: And what was that like initially because again we cannot really show the picture. Dr. Kimberly Lee: Well, she had very extensive injuries to her face, the most obvious injury with the lack of skin and soft tissue covering her forehead. What was really impressive to me was underneath that, I saw the various clot imprinted onto her forehead bone. And I got a sense that this is somebody who just survived a really horrific attack. Dr. Drew Ordon: As you said, we called this type of injury flap injuries, meaning that the skin was still attached by a thread to her head and her forehead. And what you had to do initially, yes you had to replace the bone with bone grafting but put the things back especially on the forehead, this flaps. When we use the term plastic surgery, what do we doing that’s different? Well, it’s very delicate handling of the tissues number one, and number two a lot of fine sutures. How many sutures that it actually take to? Dr. Kimberly Lee: Over a thousand sutures. Dr. Drew Ordon: And how many total surgeries have she undergone? Dr. Kimberly Lee: So, after that initial surgery which is the most extensive, I’ve done two follow-up touch-up surgeries but there are still some work to be done. Dr. Drew Ordon: And you know, we are showing some of the short stills of her through her progression, through the surgeries and she is come such a long way.

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