After spending nearly a week in a coma following a brutal assault by a stranger in her home, a 10-year-old girl from Pilar do Sul, Brazil has been reunited with the one whom she says saved her life during the ordeal - the family dog, a mixed breed named Kiara.
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The journal Cruzeiro do Sul reports that the girl had been at home alone when a stranger arrived and asked for a glass of water. When she agreed, the man came inside and began to assault her. In a panic, the girl says she called for Kiara who rushed in and began fighting back her attacker.
The normally docile dog was able to drive the man away by biting his legs, but before he fled, the attacker struck the girl in the head with an object. She was still alert when neighbors arrived to help, but lost consciousness soon after. The girl was then taken to the hospital and put into a medically induced coma.