Pitbull victim to undergo surgery

Nikita Moses was playing at a neighbour’s house last week when she was allegedly attacked by the dog.

The child is now in a stable condition at Tygerberg Hospital. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department says a 6-year-old who was mauled by a pitbull will undergo several operations, including skin grafts.

Little Nikita Moses was playing at a neighbour's Somerset West house last week Friday when she was allegedly attacked by the dog.

She's now in a stable condition at Tygerberg Hospital.

A family friend claims the child waited for several hours after arriving at the Helderberg Hospital.

But provincial health department spokesperson Mark Van der Heever says the child was attended to within ten minutes of arriving at the facility.

"The nurse, under tough circumstances, did exceptionally well to attend to her within time frames because we know that they are quite busy with more patients coming in."

The head of the trauma unit at the Red Cross Children's Hospital says they treat between 100 and 200 children at their facility for dog bites annually.

Sebastian Van A says, "Bigger children usually get bitten on the lower leg, while small children get bitten in the head, in the face and in the neck and that's very dangerous.

He says these attacks are extremely traumatic for children.