INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Three patients were reunited with medical teams and first responders who helped save their lives on Wednesday at CenterPoint Medical Center.
“He was tearing at my coat, and then he grabbed ahold of my ankles, I fell to the ground,” said Dora Pennington.
In November of 2015, 54-year-old Dora Pennington was mauled by her American bulldog named Moses.
“I rolled through the grass; my ankle at that point was just hanging on by flesh,” Pennington said.
She says she was struggling for two hours; luckily, she had her cell phone to call 911.
"I asked God that day, I’m like, 'is today my day?'" Pennington recalled.
When first responders arrived, she said they were shocked.
“I could see the fear in his face at what he saw,” Pennington added.
“It's a miracle that she's alive,” said Tony Uredi, a deputy sheriff with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, who was one of the first responders.
Police put the dog down right then and there.
Pennington was transferred to CenterPoint Medical Center level II trauma center. She was hypothermic from fighting the dog for hours, and had serious injuries.
Following amputation of her left foot and ankle, Pennington spent thirteen days in the ICU and underwent multiple surgical procedures.
“By the grace of God I’m here,” Pennington said.
Today, she along with two others who experienced life threatening situations got to meet the medical staff and first responders who helped them get to where they are now.
“It means a lot to me, because they need to do, you know, I’ve got grandkids and it's made me look at life much differently, and things that I cherish more,” said a teary-eyed Pennington. “I don't want to be in a wheelchair, and I want to succeed. I want to be a productive citizen.”
Those who helped the patients say they're just doing their job, but it's always nice to have a happy ending.
“We got her the attention she needed, but she's the one who really fought. She's the reason why she's alive,” Uredi said.
But the patients said they would not be alive if it weren't for the people they met here today.
The other two patients today were 21-year-old Brandon Henderson, who survived being struck by a car while riding a scooter.
The other is 38-year-old Gale Graham, whose car hit a semi-truck head-on when it pulled out in front of him.