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American woman living in Ireland left needing surgery after brutal assault

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Brutal: Dick was left with serious facial injuries
Brutal: Dick was left with serious facial injuries

A woman who was brutally assaulted in an attack in Galway is appealing for help from the public paying for surgery.

Stephanie Dick, who started a tour company called Mór Tours Ireland out of Galway City, was left with serious facial injuries following the attack. 

Ms Dick suffered several fractures in the right side of her face including her eye socket and jaw, along with permanent nerve damage, several broken teeth and brain trauma.  

"On August 23rd after attending a friend's birthday party I was viciously assaulted in Galway City," she says"In a completely unprovoked attack two men hit and kicked my face in.  

"I have had one surgey through the regional hospital to repair my zygomatic arch but that surgey did not meet the expectations and now I need three plates to bring my face back together and even with this surgey I will not look the same as I did before I was assaulted."

She was treated at University Hospital Galway for her injuries, but says she is in constant pain now. 

"Also I am in constant physical pain with headaches and neck stiffness. I cry all the time, I never feel settled or safe and I am seriously traumatised by this assault.

"I am not sure I will be keeping Mór Tours Ireland nor am I certain that I want to live in Ireland any longer. I do not have the money to pay for the surgery out-right in a private hospital without help.  

"The sooner we raise this money the sooner I can have the surgeries, but obviously the facial reconstructive surgery is the most imminent."

She is desperately seeking the assistance of the public in raising enough money to pay for facial surgery. Anybody wishing to help her out would be "greatly appreciated" and can click here

Gardai confirmed they are investigating the assault.