2 children mauled by pit bull released from hospital

'Ruby and Charlie are lucky to be alive,' mom says

LANCASTER, Pa. - Two children who suffered severe facial wounds after being mauled by a pit bull in Lancaster have been released from the hospital.

Margot Warfel announced on a GoFundMe page that her children, 5-year-old Charlie and 2-year-old Ruby, have returned home after the attack June 19.

Ruby was released from Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey after a three-day stay, and Charlie was released Tuesday night.

"Ruby and Charlie are lucky to be alive after the attack, but they each have a long road ahead of them," Warfel said in her post on the GoFundMe page. "Their doctors assure me and [husband] Jeff there is a lot of hope for both of our babies, but it is simply too early to know for sure what they will need down the line."

Warfel said both children suffered severe facial lacerations, including nerve and muscle damage that will require multiple surgeries.

Ruby has issues with normal facial functions.

"Ruby's compassion for others is huge," Warfel said of her daughter. "When she woke up from surgery and saw the scratches on my arm, she immediately said, "Oh no! Your boo boos! I kiss your boo boos."

It is unclear if Charlie will be able to smile again.

"He relishes his role as the big brother and is extremely protective of his little sister," Warfel added. "He aspires to be a famous writer or artist when he grows up. When the swelling in his eyes subsided enough for him to see again, he immediately began drawing pictures to decorate his hospital room."

Warfel, who is pregnant and was at the time of the attack, was able to pull the dog away from her children with the help of several other people. She then drove her children to the emergency room at Lancaster General Hospital for initial treatment before they were transferred to Hershey.

As of Thursday evening, more than $86,000 had been donated to the GoFundMe account, which has a goal of raising $100,000.

"Every penny donated will go toward the kids' current and future medical expenses," Warfel said. "The amount of money they will require will far exceed our family's financial ability or any kind of settlement we can expect."

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