TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The mother of a young woman badly injured in an accident tells her daughter's story.
It's been one month since Marissa Dub, an Exotic Feline Rescue Center worker, was attacked by a tiger.
"It's been a dream of hers, a life-long dream. It's all she's ever wanted to do is work with big cats," said Kris Dub, Marissa's mother.
Marissa Dub's dream turned into a nightmare on June 21. While working at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, she didn't drop the slide gate to a tiger's enclosure. The tiger, named Raja, attacked Marissa and the only thing saving her were the quick actions of her co-workers.
"She had a laceration to her back, an ear laceration, her jaw is shattered, and just a lot of trauma to her neck," her mother said.
In fact, Marissa's vocal cords are not healed to the point to where she can speak for herself.
So her mother is speaking for her daughter, who is recovering at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. Marissa's recovery certainly has had its share of bumps in the road. Still to this point, Kris says her daughter has shown remarkable strength, perseverance and character.
"She's doing great. Everyday, she's stronger, better movement, better balance," Kris said.
Marissa works several times each day with the staff at Union Hospital's Medical Rehabilitation Unit. The hospital says they can handle up to 95 percent of all rehab cases they see.
As for Marissa's future, Kris says her daughter will continue her dream. And when asked if she can't wait to go back to work, Marissa nodded "yes."
"Absolutely! She will be back there as soon as she can. They're welcoming her back at whatever capacity she needs to be at. So, she will definitely be back," said Kris.
Union Hospital expects Marissa to be released early next week. Then she will be on out-patient therapy from there.
Kris also said the first thing her daughter asked after the accident: was Raja okay? Imagine the pain she was in. And still, Marissa was more concerned about the tiger. And it was a huge relief to her that the tiger was not destroyed.
Many have asked how help can be given to the family. They've set up the "Marissa Dub Fund". You can donate at any Harris Bank branch.
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