When one Washington went away on a weekend trip with her husband to celebrate their anniversary, she knew she’d be leaving her kids in good hands with her best friend.
Yet mom of three Cassy had no idea that her best friend Felicia Hambrick would sacrifice her life in order to save her 8-month-old daughter when the family’s pit bull named Roscoe violently attacked Hambrick, who used her body as a human shield to protect the baby.
“He wasn’t vicious to us in any way,” Cassy said. But shortly after Hambrick arrived at the family’s home, Roscoe tackled her and the baby to the ground and began violently biting her. “I knew he didn’t want her. He was coming after me,” said Hambrick, who still made sure she stayed between Roscoe and the baby.
Cassy’s mother had been outside when the attack began, and quickly ran inside to rescue her granddaughter and then eventually was able to beat Roscoe off Hambrick before an ambulance arrived. “I remember it hurting so bad that I was literally screaming, ‘I just want to die. Oh God, please let me die.’”
Hambrick was rushed to the hospital where doctors determined she had been bitten about 30 to 40 times and had to give her 94 staples to hold the wounds together. “They’ve told me quite often how terrible they felt. She felt like it was her fault. But it’s not,” Hambrick said of her best friend after she began recovering from the traumatic attack.
“There’s nothing that Felicia can say or anybody can do that’s going to make me feel not guilty,” Cassy said. “If I was home, this wouldn’t have happened. She’s my best friend. Because of me, her life is forever changed.” Yet Cassy is also grateful to her friend for sacrificing herself. “I’m so thankful for her,” Cassy said. “If the dog had gotten to my baby in any way, she could have died. I’m so thankful that Felicia took that and put it on herself instead of my baby.”
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