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Mother-to-be describes dog attack which left her with life changing injuries

Laura Holmes before the attack. Credit: Good Morning Britain/ITV

A 21-year-old woman who was viciously attacked by a friend's dog when she was heavily pregnant, has spoken to Good Morning Britain about her ordeal.

Laura Holmes was seven months pregnant with her son Nathaniel when she was the victim of an unprovoked attack from her friend's dog.

Laura was sat sending a text message when the American Atika dog was "right on my face".

The animal leapt up and tore at her face, ripping chunks of flesh from her mouth and cheeks.

The dog then bit her right arm and sunk its teeth into her leg as she tried to escape.

Luckily, Laura managed to hide in the bathroom as the dog continued to stalk her, but she still needed 60 stitches to recover from the attack.

Laura, from Nottingham, was rushed to Queen's Medical Centre, where surgeons battled to save her face and her baby.

She was forced to give birth to baby Nathaniel - now 15 weeks old - by C-section because doctors felt she may not be able to withstand the pain of a natural birth due to her injuries.

In a landmark prosecution, the dog's owner, Tracie Taylor, received a 16-week jail sentence suspended for a year and was ordered to pay Laura just £1000 in compensation.