CLINTON, N.Y. - Madison Steates, a Clinton senior, was bitten in the face by a dog, leaving her in critical condition before undergoing more than six hours of surgery. She has now made a speedy recovery, and is looking forward to her future.
"I'm doing a lot better, I'm not upset or anything, I'm doing really great, it could have been a lot worse, you just got to stay positive," Steates said. "You just got to look at the bright side of things, there's no sense of looking at the negative part, you’re going to get through it anyways so you might as well stay positive instead of dwelling on the bad part of it.”
After what she's been through, her strength and positivity is truly inspiring the community.
Steates says she was at a friend's house, when the family's large, mixed-breed dog bit her. Her jaw and nose were broken, she lost teeth and her doctors thought she would lose her eye. She was rushed to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse after the incident, which happened on June 17.
“Looking at my progress, just from yesterday to today, it's much better," Steates said. "Last week they thought I was going to lose my eye and it was horrible, just the progress I’ve made since then, I can talk now, I couldn’t talk before.”
It was traumatic for her and her family. Steates says the out poor of support has been overwhelming.
"The community has been very supportive, I never expected anything from this many people," Steates said. "I'm really appreciative of everyone whose been so supportive."
Despite what happened, and the pain that she is in, Steates will be attending her graduation on Saturday.
“My principal called me and he said anything you need to make happen we’ll make happen," Steates said. "I have to put ointment on my eye which makes it really blurry so we’re going to have my brother walk me down to get my diploma which will be really nice.”
In the fall, she will attend SUNY Geneseo to study biology and business. Eventually, she will apply to medical school.
"Ever since I was little, I wanted to work in the medical field and this inspired me to want to do it even more," Steates said.
There is a GoFundMe set up for Steates here. As of Friday afternoon, the community had donated more than $26,000.