A nine-year-old girl has woken up from a coma after being brutally attacked by a cougar at a Washington state campsite.
Lily Kryzhanivskyy, of Spokane, was camping with her family when she was attacked by a cougar on Friday around 11am, leaving her with multiple injuries to her face and upper body.
The little girl was airlifted to the hospital, where she underwent ‘several hours of surgery’ and had to be intubated, her uncle Alex Mantsevich wrote on GoFundMe.
‘We are praying to God that she recovers fast [and] everything goes well during this hard time that they are going through.’
The GoFundMe has raised at least $61,400 of it’s $100,000 goal as of Tuesday morning, and will be used to cover Lily’s medical expenses, as well as, enable her mother to take time off of work to be by her side.
She awoke from her coma at nearly 1am on Monday, but remains in the ICU.
‘She is fully aware of what happened to her, she can speak clearly, think clearly, [and] move her arms and legs. She talks to her mom and dad, but lots of recovery ahead. Praying for full recovery without any side effects,’ Alex wrote in a Monday update.
Lily Kryzhanivskyy, nine, of Spokane, (pictured before the attack) was camping with her family when she was attacked by a cougar on Friday around 11am, leaving her with multiple injuries to her face and upper body
Lily has since woken up from her coma and her family said she is ‘speaking, thinking, and moving’ since waking up
Photos show the little girl has several deep scratches on her face from the attack
New photos reveal the extent of the little girl’s injuries, showing numerous claw marks, a shaved head, and a right hand wrapped in gauze.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the family for comment.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife confirmed the attack and said there was ‘nothing this little girl could’ve done’ differently during the attack and that Lily ‘wanted us to let people know that she is tough, and she is very brave. [That] is what she asked us to share with people,’ spokesperson Staci Lehman said.
‘She’s definitely a fortunate little girl, and as she said in her own words, brave and tough,’ Lehman told KIRO 7.
The agency also said the animal’s body has been taken in for testing after it was killed on the scene by a person at the camp who had a firearm, according to KHQ in Spokane.
Officials said they are investigating the attack to see why the animal was so agitated.
‘Maybe it had rabies, maybe it was a disease. Anything that would make it attack randomly like that,’ Lehman told KIRO 7.
The little girl was airlifted to the hospital where she underwent ‘several hours of surgery’ and had to intubated. She has since woken up after being in a coma for three days and her family said she is ‘fully aware of what happened to her’
Cougar attacks are very rare as the animals are often ‘elusive’ and avoid human interaction. The Washington Fish and Wildlife said the animal was killed on the scene and has been taken in for testing (pictured: file photo)
It was the first cougar attack in Washington this year.
Washington state records show cougar attacks are rare and only around 20 attacks have led to human injuries. The first recorded attack that led to a death was in 1924 and another one wasn’t recorded until 2018.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife encourages campers and hikers to be ‘aware of your surroundings and look and sound human,’ as the human voice is a ‘great deterrent.’ Cougars – also known as mountain lions or pumas – are often ‘elusive’ and ‘rarely observed’ around humans.
It also recommends hiking in small groups and to keep children close. It is unclear how the attack on Lily happened.