A HORRIFIED mum has told how her daughter was attacked by a coyote while on a family holiday to the USA.
Megan and Michael Lewis' daughter Elodie, three, was savaged by the wolf-like beast while in Cape Code, Massachusetts, USA, on August 11.
Megan, 32, from Morden, south London, told Fabulous how the family were watching the sunset with Elodie, her older sister and other family members when the horror struck.
'It was as if the bogeyman had come to life,' she said, recalling how in the run up to the horror they had all been enjoying themselves.
'We were lying on a blanket looking at the stars when it grabbed her from behind and she screamed.
'Michael picked her up and the coyote stalked us up the beach, through the sea grass. was stalking us. It was staring at me and she was covered in blood.'
Thankfully she survived the attack but back home in the UK her mum said she was still traumatised.
'She was about five feet away from us and it came up behind her and grabbed her around the neck,' she said on a GoFundMe page.
'She had puncture wounds to the back of her neck and skull, a puncture wound and laceration to her left cheek, a laceration to her ear which was mutilated as well as scratch marks along her neck.
'She and I went to the hospital via ambulance where there was luckily a plastic surgeon on call.
'Elodie had 3 doses of ketamine while the surgeon sutured her for approximately 1.5 hours, as well as two doses of rabies vaccine, and antibiotics.
'Luckily the rangers were able to shoot and locate the coyote, it then tested negative for rabies which meant Elodie was able to stop the gruelling course of rabies vaccines.
'Physically Elodie is healing. Mentally we’re all going to take time to heal. Elodie’s school has been amazing and has provided a play therapist in case she needs it. I am going to start therapy soon to help with flashbacks, and the guilt that I’m carrying over what happened to Elodie.
'For everything that went wrong that horrible evening, so many things went right, and we feel so lucky that God was watching over our little one.
'If we hadn’t been with my mom we wouldn’t have been able to call 911, if her sister Eve had been there as well it would have been even more traumatic, if the coyote had bit Elodie a few inches over on her neck this story would have had a completely different ending.
'Since this has all happened I’ve gone through every emotion.
'I was terrified, sad, heartbroken, confused, upset and as Elodie’s scars begin to fade and the flashbacks come less frequently, my overwhelming emotion now is anger.
I’m angry that this happened to my child, I’m angry that this particular coyote was known to the national seashore as an aggressive coyote, yet was allowed to continue to roam at the beach, I’m angry that watching the sunset at the beach-something we’ve done every year since I was a child, is now tainted by what’s happened. I’m angry that for a few days I HATED my happy place and never wanted to return.
'I’m angry that my child is scared to leave my side, that she’s having nightmares and is too young to understand why this is happening. I’m angry I had to tell my child that she was attacked from behind, by a wild animal, every child’s worst nightmare. How do you even being to explain this to them, and how do you ever make it right again?!'
Megan, who grew up in the area, is appealing for help with finances. She explained: 'After going back and fourth with the insurance company, it’s unlikely they will cover our medical bills which will be substantial because of the ambulance, plastic surgeon, rabies vaccines, and the extent of her injuries.'
To view the GoFundMe, please visit: https://uk.gf.me/v/c/gfm/help-cover-medical-bills-for-elodie-lewis
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