Plastic Surgeon Repairs Dog Bite Wound


Little boy smiling at the camera

When a family dog severely bit their 3-year-old son’s face, a Vacaville couple’s life was thrown into frantic, gut-wrenching turmoil.

After initial treatment at the UC Davis Medical Center, doctors there reached out to Pirko Maguina, M.D., a plastic surgeon at Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California. They advised that he was the best surgeon to perform the delicate facial surgery needed to correct the large disfigurement.

“Our team offers comprehensive care for children with dog bites. From reconstructive surgery to scar management, rehabilitation and therapy – all options are available to offer children the best possible care,” said Dr. Maguina.

“Our experience was incredible.” Lindsey Tugman, the boy’s mother, recalls. “We were last-minute transfers. Once a room was ready, we entered and saw a care package of toys waiting on his bed. We started to feel better.”

After thorough consultations with Lindsey and her husband Keith, the surgical team walked young Will’s parents through a chosen course of action. On Valentine’s Day 2018, the preschooler underwent extensive plastic surgery. “The immediate aftercare was simple and easy for us,” Lindsey says. “So much so that we were able to go home the very next day. We couldn’t have been more blessed to have such an outstanding medical team available to help our son.”

The Tugmans have had several follow-up appointments with Dr. Maguina to access their now 4-year-old’s facial healing. “We recently had our one-year follow-up to discuss the process of masking the scars to make them smaller and less noticeable,” Lindsey adds.

“One thing of great comfort to us was that Dr. Maguina told us that Will is a Shriners’ patient until he turns 18. If we ever need anything again, we are always welcomed back at Shriners,” Lindsey says. “That is such a relief. I hope we don’t have to come back, but if we ever do I know we’ll be in best possible hands.”

“One more thing,” she adds, “I recommend this hospital to everyone I can.”