CINCINNATI – A 6-year-old girl mauled by two pit bulls in Westwood last week may never speak again.
Officials said Zainabou Drame was playing with her 9-year-old brother in the 2900 block of Aquadale Lane at about 6:15 p.m. on June 6 when the dogs attacked.
Jacqueline Cox, a family friend, said Drame underwent a six-hour surgery Tuesday night.
During the procedure, Cox said Drame’s sutures were cleaned and dead skin was removed from her throat.
She said doctors do not believe they can save her tongue.
Cox said a test for rabies "came out well," and Drame’s family is now preparing for "many more surgeries to come."
Drame was still in a medically induced coma Wednesday night, Cox said.
The pit bulls that attacked Drame were shot and killed by police during the incident.
Two owners of the dogs have been charged with drug and weapon offenses. Cincinnati police said they were using them to guard a drug operation.
Drame's family set up a Facebook page titled "Zainabou's Voice" to share updates on her condition.
WCPO's Jason Law contributed to this report.