News Anchor Bitten by Dog Received 70 Stitches, Mouth Stitched Shut
The Colorado news anchor bitten by a rescued dog live on air posted on her Facebook page that she received 70 stitches on her face and is unable to speak because her mouth is stitched shut.
Kyle Dyer, a veteran morning news anchor for NBC News' Denver affiliate KUSA, was reporting on an uplifting story of a dog rescued from a frozen reservoir when the dog bit her on the lip Feb. 8.
When Dyer bent down to kiss the dog's nose, the 85-pound Argentine Mastiff named Max turned his head and bit into Dyer's face, as his owner and rescuer watched in disbelief.
Dyer has received an outpouring of support from thousands of well-wishers on her Facebook page. Over the weekend, she took to the page to update them on her status.
"After a 4 hour surgery, I have 70 stitches in my upper lip, lower lip and nose," Dyer wrote. "I am unable to talk because my mouth is stitched shut to allow for the skin graft to take and get the blood circulating in my lips again."
Dyer thanked the medical team at Denver Health Medical center for taking "excellent care" of her. She was released from the hospital on Thursday and is at home recovering.
"I can't say thank you enough for all of your notes and prayers of encouragement and love," Dyer wrote. "They give me great strength, which along with my faith, will see me through a successful recovery!"
Dyer is scheduled to return to the doctor this week and to undergo another procedure in the next few weeks and is already looking to the future and her return to TV.
"Once I'm all healed, I will return to my friends at 9NEWS who have been remarkably supportive as have viewers and friends throughout the country," she wrote.
Additional reporting by ABCNews.com's Katie Kindelan.