Dad shaves head to support daughter undergoing surgery - WKRN News 2

Dad shaves head to support daughter undergoing reconstructive surgery

Posted: Updated: June 11, 2013 05:06 PM
Tim Mason Tim Mason
Madison underwent reconstructive surgery on Wednesday. Madison underwent reconstructive surgery on Wednesday.
6-year-old Madison Mason before the attack. 6-year-old Madison Mason before the attack.
COOPERTOWN, Tenn. -

After a six-year-old girl was severely injured in a dog attack Tuesday night and lost her hair due to the damage on her scalp, her father found a way to help her feel more comfortable.

Madison Mason sustained serious injuries to both sides of her head, ears and left cheek after the family pet, a highly trained German shepherd, attacked her in their backyard.

She underwent her first surgery on Wednesday morning and had to have her head shaved.

"She said, ‘I'm not going back to school, I'm not going to church. I'm not going anywhere until my hair gets grown back'.  I looked at mama with tears in my eyes and said, ‘I'll be in in a minute'," said Tim Mason, Madison's father.

Tim then went down to the barber shop and had his head shaved, too.

"Figured if people were going to stare, they could stare at both of us," he explained.

The show of solidarity and healing will continue with a trip in a couple days from Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati.

"If everything goes well, we go home on Thursday; come back up in a couple of weeks to let the doctors check to make sure the grafts are taken, and then they'll follow up for two to three months for a year, just let her rest and heal," Mr. Mason said.

Doctors told the family that within five years, it won't even look like anything happened to Madison at all.

As for the status of the family dog, Mr. Mason said that the German shepherd was once being trained for the police K-9 unit.

It remains in the custody of its original trainer.

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