Philippines Dog Kabang Returns Home After Face Surgery


    [A dog that lost half her face saving two girls from an oncoming motorcycle has returned to the Philippines after eight months of treatment in the US.

    The mixed-breed dog, Kabang, lost her snout and upper jaw in the incident in December 2011.

    Kabang attracted worldwide support because of her injuries, with donations from the Philippines and abroad covering her $27,000 treatment costs.

    A parade is planned in Kabang's honour in Zamboanga City on Sunday.

    The hero dog jumped into the path of a motorcycle, stopping it from hitting her owner's daughter and niece in the southern city two years ago.

    The accident left a gaping hole in the two-year old dog's face.

    Kabang's heroic tale prompted an outpouring of sympathy, with fundraising campaigns set up on Facebook and Twitter.

    Veterinary surgeon Anton Lim, who accompanied the dog to the US, said they received donations from 45 countries, covering the full cost of treatment.

    [This is the first time in the history of the Philippines that we've seen such support for a dog], said Ed Unson, another Filipino vet and one of Kabang's handlers.

    Doctors at the University of California operated on Kabang's wounds, and treated her for a tumour and heartworm.

    While they could not reconstruct the dog's jaw or snout, they took skin grafts from her cheeks, neck and forehead to cover up sensitive areas exposed on her face, University of California Professor Frank Verstraete explained.

    Despite the disfigurement, Kabang can still chew her food using her two remaining molars, and smell well enough to recognise her owner and handlers, Mr Lim told reporters on Saturday.

    The dog was greeted by a crowd of well-wishers at Manila airport and later reunited with her owner, Rudy Bunggal, in Zamboanga]. – BBC News


    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is cuddled by Filipino veterinarian Anton Lim upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang that lost half her face saving the lives of two girls returned home after treatment at the University of California, Davis, veterinary hospital for seven months with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is cuddled by Filipino veterinarian Anton Lim upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA with its handler Dr. Anton Lim Saturday June 8, 2013. Kabang lost half her face saving the lives of two girls and returned home after more than 7 months treatment at the University of California, Davis, California with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA with its handler Dr. Anton Lim Saturday June 8, 2013. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, sits upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, sits upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




    Dr. Anton Lim is interviewed by the media as he holds Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


    Dr. Anton Lim is interviewed by the media as he holds Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, licks Dr. Anton Lim upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, licks Dr. Anton Lim upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is photographed upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is photographed upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA with its handler Dr. Anton Lim, unseen, Saturday June 8, 2013. Kabang lost half her face saving the lives of two girls and returned home after more than 7 months treatment at the University of California, Davis, California with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. At right is Mona Consunji of "Team Kabang." (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA with its handler Dr. Anton Lim, unseen, Saturday June 8, 2013. Kabang lost half her face saving the lives of two girls and returned home after more than 7 months treatment at the University of California, Davis, California with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. At right is Mona Consunji of [Team Kabang]. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is photographed upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is photographed upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media with some of her citations including the US Red Cross at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA, with its handler Dr. Anton Lim (unseen)Saturday June 8, 2013. Kabang lost half her face saving the lives of two girls and returned home after more than 7 months treatment at the University of California, Davis, California with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


    Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media with some of her citations including the US Red Cross at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA, with its handler Dr. Anton Lim (unseen)Saturday June 8, 2013. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)

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Philippines Dog Kabang Returns Home After Face Surgery


[A dog that lost half her face saving two girls from an oncoming motorcycle has returned to the Philippines after eight months of treatment in the US.

The mixed-breed dog, Kabang, lost her snout and upper jaw in the incident in December 2011.

Kabang attracted worldwide support because of her injuries, with donations from the Philippines and abroad covering her $27,000 treatment costs.

A parade is planned in Kabang's honour in Zamboanga City on Sunday.

The hero dog jumped into the path of a motorcycle, stopping it from hitting her owner's daughter and niece in the southern city two years ago.

The accident left a gaping hole in the two-year old dog's face.

Kabang's heroic tale prompted an outpouring of sympathy, with fundraising campaigns set up on Facebook and Twitter.

Veterinary surgeon Anton Lim, who accompanied the dog to the US, said they received donations from 45 countries, covering the full cost of treatment.

[This is the first time in the history of the Philippines that we've seen such support for a dog], said Ed Unson, another Filipino vet and one of Kabang's handlers.

Doctors at the University of California operated on Kabang's wounds, and treated her for a tumour and heartworm.

While they could not reconstruct the dog's jaw or snout, they took skin grafts from her cheeks, neck and forehead to cover up sensitive areas exposed on her face, University of California Professor Frank Verstraete explained.

Despite the disfigurement, Kabang can still chew her food using her two remaining molars, and smell well enough to recognise her owner and handlers, Mr Lim told reporters on Saturday.

The dog was greeted by a crowd of well-wishers at Manila airport and later reunited with her owner, Rudy Bunggal, in Zamboanga]. – BBC News


Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is cuddled by Filipino veterinarian Anton Lim upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang that lost half her face saving the lives of two girls returned home after treatment at the University of California, Davis, veterinary hospital for seven months with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is cuddled by Filipino veterinarian Anton Lim upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA with its handler Dr. Anton Lim Saturday June 8, 2013. Kabang lost half her face saving the lives of two girls and returned home after more than 7 months treatment at the University of California, Davis, California with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA with its handler Dr. Anton Lim Saturday June 8, 2013. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, sits upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, sits upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




Dr. Anton Lim is interviewed by the media as he holds Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


Dr. Anton Lim is interviewed by the media as he holds Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, licks Dr. Anton Lim upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, licks Dr. Anton Lim upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is photographed upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is photographed upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, early Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA with its handler Dr. Anton Lim, unseen, Saturday June 8, 2013. Kabang lost half her face saving the lives of two girls and returned home after more than 7 months treatment at the University of California, Davis, California with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. At right is Mona Consunji of "Team Kabang." (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA with its handler Dr. Anton Lim, unseen, Saturday June 8, 2013. Kabang lost half her face saving the lives of two girls and returned home after more than 7 months treatment at the University of California, Davis, California with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. At right is Mona Consunji of [Team Kabang]. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is photographed upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. Kabang lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives in the Philippines was headed back to its owner following treatment at the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is photographed upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Saturday June 8, 2013 from San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)




Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media with some of her citations including the US Red Cross at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA, with its handler Dr. Anton Lim (unseen)Saturday June 8, 2013. Kabang lost half her face saving the lives of two girls and returned home after more than 7 months treatment at the University of California, Davis, California with $27,000 in donations raised in the Philippines and abroad. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)


Kabang, a two-year-old injured mixed breed, is shown to the media with some of her citations including the US Red Cross at a veterinary clinic at the financial district of Makati city east of Manila, Philippines, a few hours upon arrival from San Francisco, CA, with its handler Dr. Anton Lim (unseen)Saturday June 8, 2013. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)

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