North Charleston woman who lost arm to pit bull undergoes second surgery, no longer in ICU

A North Charleston woman who lost her arm to her husband’s dog is on the mend.

Mahmoud Rizk said Thursday that his wife was no longer in the Intensive Care Unit at Medical University Hospital and that she underwent a second surgery Wednesday.

“She can talk and everything, but she’s still in shock,” he said. “Last week you have an arm and this week you don’t have an arm; I’m sure you can imagine.”

Katherine Rizk was at their home on Ayscough Road alone Sunday night with Tiger, a 3-year-old pit bull who was not neutered, when he attacked and tore her arm off. The dog was euthanized Monday by the Charleston Animal Society after her husband voluntarily surrendered him, according to a police report.

Mahmoud Rizk said his wife was surrounded by family at the hospital and wasn’t ready to comment yet about what happened. He said they don’t know when she will be released from the hospital, but he hopes soon.

“Trust me, I can’t wait for her to come home,” he said.

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