After news had spread of a Jackson, Mississippi KFC turning away a 3-year-old girl who was mauled by pit bulls, the fast food giant has decided to partially pay for the girl’s medical bills.
KFC is donating $30,000 to Victoria Wilcher to be used towards medical expenses in relation to her rehabilitation and facial reconstruction.
It was reported that after a doctors appointment, Victoria Wilcher was taken to KFC where she was allegedly asked to leave because the injuries sustained to her face in a vicious pit bull attack, was disturbing other patrons.
KFC released a statement saying:
“As soon as we were notified of this report on Friday, we immediately began an investigation, as this kind of hurtful and disrespectful action would not be tolerated by KFC,” spokesman Rick Maynard wrote Sunday in an email to The Associated Press. “Regardless of the outcome of our investigation, we have apologized to Victoria’s family and are committed to assisting them. The company is making a $30,000 donation to assist with her medical bills. The entire KFC family is behind Victoria.”
Others have stepped up to help Victoria including Frank Stile, a Board Certified Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic surgeon and founder of The Frank L. Stile Foundation. Stile reached out to Victoria and her family via their Facebook page and stated: “My Foundation will work out sponsorship to help defray the costs of her care. I am also offering you my professional services as a plastic surgeon to assist with any future procedures as she grows up.” Stile continues, “I know this will not erase the memories of the horrific experiences Victoria has had to endure, but we can at least hope to make her future care more pleasant while trying to restore her back to a beautiful well-adjusted little girl.”
If you would like to send a note of encouragement or gift, Victoria’s family has opened a PO Box. All letters, cards and gifts of love can be sent to PO Box 66 Braxton MS 39044.