Justice needed for Marie Helene Tokar suicidal – where is the money and where is the canadian government ??

I was alerted to this story and it sickens me the poor women has no money and had to sell her horses after he pit bull attack and needed charity to pay for own her cosmetic surgery ??

 

SAINT-HIPPOLYTE, QUE. – A woman whose nose was ripped off by her neighbour’s pit bull is suing for $1 million.

Marie-Helene Tokar filed the suit after the neighbour’s insurance company failed to reimburse her for costly and painful facial-reconstruction surgery.

Tokar was assaulted by the dog in September 2008 while walking near her home in Saint-Hippolyte, 80 km north of Montreal. The dog was later euthanized.

Tokar has since suffered through a failed skin graft and a prosthetic nose. Doctors recently took skin from her forehead and attached a second skin graft to the middle of her face.

“I want to resume a semblance of a normal life,” Tokar told QMI Agency this week. “It’s been a never-ending nightmare since the attack. My entire life has stopped. I don’t dare to go outside – people stare at me and it’s extremely hurtful.”

Civil court proceedings against her neighbour are to begin next week at the Montreal courthouse.

Tokar is no longer working, is $60,000 dollars in debt and says she has fallen into a deep depression

 

A woman who was left horrifically disfigured after being savaged by a pit bull has claimed she is being shunned because of her looks.

Marie-Helene Tokar claims she was banned from a restaurant for fear of upsetting other customers.

She said the owner told her that her misshaped nose and facial injuries frightens children and told her not to attend a party for other people in her small Canadian town.

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Ms Tokar suffered grievous injuries in 2008 when her nose and upper lip were ripped off in an attack by a neighbor’s pit bull dog.

She has undergone multiple plastic surgeries to her face to repair the injuries but has been left with a large bulging nose while awaiting further surgery.

Ms Tokar said: ‘People look at me as if I were a monster.’

The 48-year-old said the latest slight occurred when she tried to attend a party at a local restaurant for other residents of Saint-Hippolyte, a small town north of Montreal.

She was told by the owner of the Restaurant des Nations that she could not attend as she frightened children.

Injuries: Ms Tokar spent eight months in hospital getting reconstructive surgeryInjuries: Ms Tokar spent eight months in hospital getting reconstructive surgery

Chantal Guindon, the restaurant owner, admits that she has asked Ms Tokar to cover her nose more than once and asked her to stay away from the Christmas Eve bash.

‘She asked me to cover my face and I said, “that’s okay” and after she called me back and said, “no, it’s not a good idea”,’ said Ms Tokar.

Ms Guindon told Canadian TV she has asked Tokar to cover her nose several times and she has not complied

She said Ms Tokar always sits by the door, so people see her as soon as they come in.

The restaurant owner said she uninvited Ms Tokar to the Christmas party because of her behaviour, not her appearance, claiming she has fought with her son in the restaurant and annoys other customers.

Ms Tokar said she always covers her face with a scarf and rarely leaves her home because of the strange stares she gets from members of the public.

 

The mother-of-five suffered the injuries after she looked after the runt of a litter from her neighbour’s pit pull.

When she returned the puppy in 2008 the adult dog leapt at her face.

Her nose, upper lip and chin were torn off and she spent eight months in hospital undergoing reconstructive surgery.

The bulbous nose, about the size of a small orange, is in place while surgeons prepare to build her a new one.

‘She needs to pay, because I suffered. It’s been three years now and I’m not finished the operations. So they have to do something because I have no more money. I have nothing anymore’

Ms Tokar is suing her former neighbour Marie-Claude Poliquin for $1.4 million in damages to pay for her medical treatment.

‘She needs to pay, because I suffered. It’s been three years now and I’m not finished the operations.

‘So they have to do something because I have no more money. I have nothing anymore,’ said Ms Tokar.

At the time of the attack ownership of pit bulls was banned in St Hippolyte.

 
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A woman who was left horrifically disfigured after being mauled by a neighbor’s Pit Bull has claimed she is being shunned by her own community because of her looks. Marie-Helene Tokar, 48, is suing the dog’s owner for $1.4 million in damages to pay for her medical treatment, stating “She needs to pay, because I have suffered.”

Ms Tokar said she always covers her face with a scarf and rarely leaves her home because of the strange stares she gets from members of the public. The bulbous nose, about the size of a small orange, is in place while surgeons prepare to build her a new one.

Marie-Helene’s nose and upper lip were ripped off in an attack by a neighbor’s Pit Bull in 2008. She spent the next eight months in the hospital during reconstructive surgeries. “It’s been three years now and I’m not finished with the operations,” she says. It has taken a tremendous mental and emotional toll states the mother of five. ‘People look at me as if I were a monster.’

Tokar, of Saint-Hippolyte, Canada, claims that, among other slights, she was banned from a restaurant for fear of upsetting other customers. She told the Daily Mail the owner said that her misshaped nose and facial injuries” frighten children” and she was asked not to attend a Christmas party in December 2011 for people in her small Canadian town just north of Montreal.

Chantal Guindon, the owner of the Restaurant des Nations, admits that she asked Tokar to stay away from the Christmas Eve celebration.  ‘She asked me to cover my face and I said, “that’s okay” and after she called me back and said, “no, it’s not a good idea”,’ said Ms Tokar.

Ms Guindon told Canadian TV she has asked Tokar to cover her nose several times and she has not complied.  She said Ms Tokar always sits by the door, so people see her as soon as they come in.   The restaurant owner also said she uninvited Ms Tokar to the Christmas party because of her behavior, not her appearance, claiming she has fought with her son in the restaurant and annoys other customers, according to the Daily Mail.

The Pit Bull attack occurred when Tokar fostered the runt of a litter from her neighbor’s Pit Bull, she says. When she returned the puppy, the adult dog leapt at her face. At the time of the attack ownership of pit bulls was banned in St Hippolyte.

In discussing the lawsuit against her former neighbor for $1.4 million, she states, “…they have to do something because I have no more money. I have nothing any more.”

In a similar incident, on March 3, 2012, Bill Lesinski of Chicago also had his nose ripped off by a neighbor’s pit bull.  Read more… http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/animal-rights/chicagos-bill-lesinski-forgives-pitt-bull-ripped-nose

 

MONTREAL – A woman whose nose was ripped off by a pit bull has been boosted by the generosity of strangers after Quebec ruled that she’s ineligible for a publicly funded prosthetic nose.

Marie-Helene Tokar was disfigured when the neighbour’s dog jumped her in September 2008 and tore off her nose near her home in Saint-Hippolyte, Que., 80 km north of Montreal. She was rushed to hospital where doctors tried to reconstruct her nose with skin grafts, but the new skin did not take.

“Seven days later, they were forced to take everything off,” said the horse breeder and farmer.

A second reconstruction procedure a month after the attack also failed because of a blood circulation problem.

“It’s been over since then,” said Tokar. “No more operations, but lots of complications, depression, headaches, infected wounds, you name it.”

Tokar’s plastic surgeon suggested she be fitted with a prosthetic nose, but medicare says it only covers the bills of people who have lost their noses to cancer, not dog attacks.

Tokar said it makes no sense that medicare pays for elective surgeries while she’s left out in the cold.

“I see people who had surgery to remove stretch marks or for sex changes,” she said. “Is that really more important than my case?”

Medication costs her $400 a month and her finances are at the breaking point. She still hasn’t received any payments from the pit bull owner’s insurance company.

“Since the accident, I’ve gone $70,000 into debt,” said Tokar. “I sold my 12 horses and other animals on the farm, as well as my jewelry.”

There might be hope for Tokar because of the generosity of total strangers.

She was deluged with support after QMI Agency published a French-language story on her ordeal last week. Several people have even offered to help pay for her surgery.

“It hasn’t stopped,” said Tokar. “People found my phone number. I get calls from all over Quebec and even New Brunswick. My Facebook account is overflowing with new friends.”

One woman who was once attacked by her own German shepherd has offered to hold a fundraiser for Tokar. Now Tokar, who once considered suicide to end her pain, has an new outlook on life.

“People who are not necessarily wealthy, give me money. I find it incredible.”

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2 thoughts on “Justice needed for Marie Helene Tokar suicidal – where is the money and where is the canadian government ??”

  1. Any dog that cannot be controlled by it’s owner, any dog that does THIS to a person, should not be allowed to live. And yes, the dog’s owner should pay for ALL of this. If you choose to have a dog you choose to be responsible for its actions. You choose to accept that you have a duty of care to other people by making sure your dog is safe and under your control, and you have an even greater duty of care when you choose to own a known dangerous breed. She was still stupid for going anywhere near a pit bull though. But no one deserves this.

  2. Try to remember that she was not going near that pit, other than to give this family back the aggressive pitbull they tried to pawn off onto her family. If you own a lion and you can’t contain it then you should be held legally accountable and criminally accountable for his actions because there’s not a soul on earth who doesn’t know what pit bulls do to people now. At this point if you’re owning one, you either don’t care what happens to other people, or you know it’s going to rip someone up and that gets you off.

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