In 2007, when Joshua Dixon was just eight-years-old, he was mauled by his family’s two pit bulls in his backyard when he returned home from school. The dogs tore off most of his face—his nose, ears, layers of skin and muscle. His father discovered him and frantically called 911. Since that life-changing day in December 2007, Joshua has undergone 60 surgeries for facial reconstruction. In 2008 Joshua was referred to University of Illinois Craniofacial Center. All of Joshua’s implant surgeries and all his prosthetic care have been at the UI Health Hospital and The Center. Joshua will receive ongoing care for the rest of his life.
Joshua said, “I just want to thank Face the Future Foundation for giving me the honor to have this award. I also want to thank my family, hospital family and friends because, if it weren’t for them being there for me I wouldn’t be here today. I also want to thank everyone for being a part of this journey with me. I hope everyone will continue to be there for me because I know I’m far from the end.”
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