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There is still hope for Sky.


SHE'S the little girl left scarred after a vicious dog attack.

But after the Examiner ran a story last week about the plight of Sky Leigh Barker, readers got in touch to offer words of advice.

It came after the eight-year-old's family had been told they could not claim compensation because the dog's owners had no insurance.

And her Rastrick family were calling for dog owners to have insurance, but it seems there is still hope.

Not only can they pursue legal action, but there is help to reduce Sky's scarring too, after she was told she'd have to wait 10 years for her skin to develop before NHS treatment was an option.

Sky was left with scars on her cheek and needed 175 stitches after a Japanese Akita ripped a chunk out of her face.

Sue Iredale, of Shaw's Pharmacy in Golcar, got in touch to say there were treatments available with or without a prescription.

She said: "Bio-oil, which is available on prescription but also over the counter, is a good option to reduce scarring.

"People have to persevere with it, it's not a short term thing, but it can help reduce scarring.

"Ten years ago things like bio-oil weren't available, but now there are treatments which can help.

"It will help her and others like her see there is light at the end of the tunnel.,There are options which offer a bit of hope.

"There are also cosmetic products which can help hide scarring, it's just a case of asking in a pharmacy as we can offer advice."

Sky's parents Amber and Brian were told Sky would have to wait until she was 18 before they could offer her treatment such as laser therapy to help reduce the scarring. They were told it was because her skin needed to grow.

But it's left the little girl, a pupil at Field Lane Primary School in Rastrick, feeling very self-conscious.

Her parents also called for dog owners to get insurance, saying people needed to take responsibility for their animals.

Her mum Amber Barker, said: "Dog owners need to be responsible. They'd had this dog a few days and it should have been kept away from children."

Police didn't prosecute and because the dog's owners had no insurance, her family believed that they were unable to make a claim against them or force them to pay towards the cost of the surgery privately.

Mrs Barker added: "Dog owners should take out insurance. It is unfair on innocent people when something like this happens."

But solicitor Helen Grieves, of Grieves Solicitors at Upperhead Row, Huddersfield, said there was hope.

She has assisted several people in making similar claims and said: "These sorts of cases always seem to make the headlines and it's unfortunate that it may be that innocent people who have been injured in this way do not realise that they can make a claim for compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for their injuries or even against the owner of the dog which caused the injuries."

Her advice was to visit or call 0800 358 3601 for further details.


[bar] ATTACK INJURIES: Rastrick schoolgirl Sky, eight, after being attacked by a dog, left, and, above, how she looks now (PW081210Csky-01)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 16, 2010
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