TOPSHAM — The Wiscasset toddler whose eye was seriously injured when a dog bit her in Topsham this month is being described as “amazingly strong,” but she will likely suffer some eyesight loss.

“She’s a trouper,” said Jennifer Davis, a Topsham lawyer representing the child’s guardian. “She’s doing well and she’s taking some great strides.”

The attack on the 18-month-old girl occurred at the home of the child’s babysitter. The child is being treated at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Topsham police said the boxer that bit her had been friendly with the child since she was a newborn. According to police, the toddler simply touched the dog on the back before it turned and bit her. The incident occurred while the babysitter was cooking dinner.

Since then, the child’s grandparents, who are her guardians, have been with her in Boston every day while she undergoes treatment, said Davis.

“(She) is a just an amazingly strong little girl and she has made progress,” Davis said. “She’s drinking on her own now. She was in more of a medically induced state for a while and she’s now out of that and she’s able to communicate a little better with her guardians.

“They are hoping that she will be discharged very soon to Maine Medical Center from Boston where she can continue to heal and work on things,” Davis added.

Despite the progress being made, the toddler will likely have significant loss of eyesight.

“She will not recover her full vision,” said Davis. “Sadly, I think her vision loss will be significant, but she is making some good progress.”

The dog was taken to Coastal Humane Society, and police said at the time of the attack that the animal would be euthanized. Efforts to obtain a status on the dog from Coastal Humane were not immediately successful.

A co-worker of the child’s mother has announced a fundraiser scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tucker Ford in Brunswick.

Debra Pye said she works with the child’s mother at Rusty’s Market in Topsham, where some of her co-workers were looking for a way to help.

“Of course I was very devastated for her,” said Pye. “We immediately tried to do anything that we can to help these kids, because they’re very young.”

Pye said the money will go toward whatever the family needs, be it travel expenses, medical bills or paying for other bills while the family isn’t working. “Anything that anybody can do would be a big help for them,” she said.

Davis said the toddler’s guardians had no involvement in the fundraiser.

“We haven’t been informed or involved in the planning of any of it,” she said. “We have no idea where the money from it is going.”

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