US woman who nearly died during vicious dog attack diagnosed with coronavirus
A woman in the US who was attacked by a pack of dogs and nearly died on the operating table has stunned her family by beating coronavirus.
But Debbie Beaulieu is now facing mounting medical bills following her lengthy hospital stay.
Ms Beaulieu, who lives in Florida, was mauled by the animals in her backyard when they began attacking her own pet dogs on February 7.
She was rushed to hospital where she underwent numerous surgeries. Her injuries were so severe, doctors had to revive her twice while in the operating theatre.
"I don't even know to this day how she survived that," her son-in-law Falcon Dinis told NBC News.
"Her skull is gone completely from here to the entire back. Her leg, it was pretty much eaten away.
"They had to shorten her leg two inches to make all of the blood vessel connections."
Ms Beaulieu was eventually moved to a rehabilitation centre, where she then caught COVID-19.
"She ended up contracting the coronavirus and at the moment she fought it through," Mr Dinis said.
"And I don't know how she does it."
Ms Beaulieu is now preparing to return home after weeks of medical care.
Her son-in-law has organised a fundraiser to help cover the cost of bills racked up since the dog attack.
"Just keep fighting and the rest we'll take care of," Mr Dinis said.