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Mauled Bolivian girl flown to Boston for surgery

  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier consoles Regina Pillco, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, on the airport tarmac near the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pillco will not be traveling with her daughter but staying behind to care for her six other children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier consoles Regina Pillco, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, on the airport tarmac near the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pillco will not be traveling with her daughter but staying behind to care for her six other children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier, right, facing camera, embraces a Bolivian doctor, as a stretcher carrying four-year-old Rosalie is placed into a private plane at the airport in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie, who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being transferred to a hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier, right, facing camera, embraces a Bolivian doctor, as a stretcher carrying four-year-old Rosalie is placed into a private plane at the airport in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie, who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being transferred to a hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Rosalia lies in a hospital bed in intensive care at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, June 17, 2013. The four-year girl who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and will be transferred to a U.S. hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Rosalia lies in a hospital bed in intensive care at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, June 17, 2013. The four-year girl who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and will be transferred to a U.S. hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier and his wife Claudia Tolay don traditional Bolivian ponchos and caps they were presented during a welcome ceremony at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013 . Tolay successfully launched a campaign to help Rosalie, a 4-year-old Bolivian girl attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago. The couple came to La Paz to accompany Rosalie's transfer to the Children's Hospital in Boston, where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier and his wife Claudia Tolay don traditional Bolivian ponchos and caps they were presented during a welcome ceremony at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013 . Tolay successfully launched a campaign to help Rosalie, a 4-year-old Bolivian girl attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago. The couple came to La Paz to accompany Rosalie's transfer to the Children's Hospital in Boston, where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier consoles Regina Pillco, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, on the airport tarmac near the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pillco will not be traveling with her daughter but staying behind to care for her six other children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier consoles Regina Pillco, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, on the airport tarmac near the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pillco will not be traveling with her daughter but staying behind to care for her six other children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • The parents of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, Regina Pillco, second left, back, and Agustin Apaza, second center right, walk with five of their children at their home in El Alto, Bolivia, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Rosalie, the fifth of their seven children, who was unconscious for nearly three weeks after being mauled in the face and body by a Rottweiler, is awake and ready to fly to Boston for reconstructive surgery, a doctor said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    The parents of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, Regina Pillco, second left, back, and Agustin Apaza, second center right, walk with five of their children at their home in El Alto, Bolivia, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Rosalie, the fifth of their seven children, who was unconscious for nearly three weeks after being mauled in the face and body by a Rottweiler, is awake and ready to fly to Boston for reconstructive surgery, a doctor said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Rosalia lies in a hospital bed in intensive care at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, June 17, 2013. The four-year girl who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and will be transferred to a U.S. hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Rosalia lies in a hospital bed in intensive care at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, June 17, 2013. The four-year girl who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and will be transferred to a U.S. hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • A stretcher carrying four-year-old Rosalie is placed into a private plane at the airport in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being transferred to a U.S. hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery.  (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    A stretcher carrying four-year-old Rosalie is placed into a private plane at the airport in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being transferred to a U.S. hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • The parents of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a Rottweiler, Regina Pillco, left, and Agustin Apaza, right, pose for a photo with their 6 other children at their home in El Alto, Bolivia, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Rosalie, the fifth of seven children, who was unconscious for nearly three weeks after being mauled in the face and body by a Rottweiler is awake and ready to fly to Boston for reconstructive surgery, a doctor said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    The parents of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a Rottweiler, Regina Pillco, left, and Agustin Apaza, right, pose for a photo with their 6 other children at their home in El Alto, Bolivia, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Rosalie, the fifth of seven children, who was unconscious for nearly three weeks after being mauled in the face and body by a Rottweiler is awake and ready to fly to Boston for reconstructive surgery, a doctor said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Four-year-old Rosalie is transferred to an ambulance at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will recieve reconstructive face surgery.  (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Four-year-old Rosalie is transferred to an ambulance at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will recieve reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Regina Pillco, center, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, walks away weeping from the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at the airport of El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pilco is accompanied by four of her children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Regina Pillco, center, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, walks away weeping from the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at the airport of El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pilco is accompanied by four of her children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier consoles Regina Pillco, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, on the airport tarmac near the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pillco will not be traveling with her daughter but staying behind to care for her six other children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier consoles Regina Pillco, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, on the airport tarmac near the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pillco will not be traveling with her daughter but staying behind to care for her six other children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier consoles Regina Pillco, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, on the airport tarmac near the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pillco will not be traveling with her daughter but staying behind to care for her six other children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier, right, facing camera, embraces a Bolivian doctor, as a stretcher carrying four-year-old Rosalie is placed into a private plane at the airport in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie, who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being transferred to a hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • Rosalia lies in a hospital bed in intensive care at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, June 17, 2013. The four-year girl who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and will be transferred to a U.S. hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier and his wife Claudia Tolay don traditional Bolivian ponchos and caps they were presented during a welcome ceremony at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013 . Tolay successfully launched a campaign to help Rosalie, a 4-year-old Bolivian girl attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago. The couple came to La Paz to accompany Rosalie's transfer to the Children's Hospital in Boston, where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier consoles Regina Pillco, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, on the airport tarmac near the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pillco will not be traveling with her daughter but staying behind to care for her six other children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • The parents of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, Regina Pillco, second left, back, and Agustin Apaza, second center right, walk with five of their children at their home in El Alto, Bolivia, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Rosalie, the fifth of their seven children, who was unconscious for nearly three weeks after being mauled in the face and body by a Rottweiler, is awake and ready to fly to Boston for reconstructive surgery, a doctor said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • Rosalia lies in a hospital bed in intensive care at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, June 17, 2013. The four-year girl who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and will be transferred to a U.S. hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • A stretcher carrying four-year-old Rosalie is placed into a private plane at the airport in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being transferred to a U.S. hospital in Boston for reconstructive face surgery.  (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • The parents of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a Rottweiler, Regina Pillco, left, and Agustin Apaza, right, pose for a photo with their 6 other children at their home in El Alto, Bolivia, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Rosalie, the fifth of seven children, who was unconscious for nearly three weeks after being mauled in the face and body by a Rottweiler is awake and ready to fly to Boston for reconstructive surgery, a doctor said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • Four-year-old Rosalie is transferred to an ambulance at the Children's Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will recieve reconstructive face surgery.  (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • Regina Pillco, center, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, walks away weeping from the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at the airport of El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pilco is accompanied by four of her children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • U.S. Dr. Joseph Currier consoles Regina Pillco, the mother of a 4-year-old Bolivian girl who was mauled by a dog, on the airport tarmac near the plane that will transport her injured daughter, at El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, June 20, 2013. Rosalie who was attacked by a Rottweiler about 4 months ago, came out of her coma and is being flown to Boston on a private plane where she will receive reconstructive face surgery. Pillco will not be traveling with her daughter but staying behind to care for her six other children. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

A private plane carrying a Bolivian girl badly mauled by a Rottweiler left La Paz, Bolivia, yesterday en route to Boston, where plastic surgeons hope to operate on the 4-year-old’s face and head to give her a normal life.

The case of Rosalia moved Bolivians as well as Bolivian businesswoman Claudia Tolay and her American husband, Dr. Joseph Currier, who led a campaign to get the girl to Boston.

“A team of plastic surgeons is awaiting Rosalia at Boston Children’s Hospital” to evaluate her condition and decide on a plan for her treatment, Tolay told the Associated Press.

Her flight was expected to arrive in Boston this morning.

Rosalia was with her mother in a store in the poor suburb of El Alto outside Bolivia’s capital in May when she was attacked by the storeowner’s dog. The Rottweiler grabbed the girl’s head and ripped off up to 70 percent of her scalp, doctors in Bolivia said. The dog left a wound so deep on her cheek that bone was visible, and its bites tore away skin, muscle and tissue from her head, face, back and buttocks, they said.

Her mother, Regina Pillco, said she couldn’t get Rosalia out of the dog’s jaws because she was carrying a newborn on her back.

“Every day children arrive at the hospital with dog bites, but I’d never seen wounds this severe,” said Josef Henao, director of the state children’s hospital in La Paz.

The girl was unconscious for nearly three weeks until last week, when she woke up, asked for her mother and began crying. Doctors said earlier this week that Rosalia’s condition had improved enough for her to fly to the United States.

“I hope that my daughter returns healthy and cured. Rosalia can’t speak. She looks at me, she holds my hand and she cries,” Pillco told the AP.

Pillco had to stay in Bolivia to care for her other six children, but Rosalia’s father, Agustin Apaza, accompanied her on the flight to Boston.

The costs of Rosalia’s care will be paid by the Currier family and U.S. organizations.

Tolay said she heard about Rosalia’s case on Facebook and began a campaign to help the girl in the United States.

Currier said he followed the progress of Rosalia’s health by Skype for a month and he promised yesterday that the next time he returned to La Paz it would be with the girl.

“We shouldn’t forget to educate our children about feelings. There is a world crisis in feelings,” Tolay said.

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