First Responders Surprise 3-Year-Old Attacked By Dog With Christmas Gifts


Wednesday, December 16th 2020, 6:23 pm
By: Amy Slanchik


COLLINSVILLE, Okla. -

A three-year-old Kansas girl who was attacked by a relative’s pit bull in Oologah is home from the hospital after several surgeries for skull fractures and a broken jaw. 

On her way home from the hospital Wednesday three-year-old Sivya White-Cook had one very special stop to make at the Meadowcreek United Methodist Church.  

“You haven't seen my reindeer have you? They're missing. I had to borrow this sheriff's car,” Santa Claus said to Sivya. 

The Rogers County Sheriff's Office said they told Santa Claus about Sivya's story and he made his way to Collinsville.    

The toddler and her mom, Renee, stepped inside the church for an early Christmas with the first responders who were there back in November, when Sivya was attacked by a dog at another relative's house. 

"I couldn't believe that she was walking. It was just the biggest sigh of relief for all of us to see her exit the van on her own,” Paramedic Linda Kanzenbach said. 

"It's miraculous that she's getting out this quickly,” Jeanne Furst, Renee’s mom and Sivya’s grandmother, said. 

Sivya was given dozens of gifts, one after another for the tough little girl, with more to open later from the church. 

Sivya's mom and grandma rushed from Kansas when they found out she was hurt back in November. After several surgeries and 12 days in the ICU Paramedic Linda Kanzebach and the other first responders with Oologah-Talala EMS saw her for the first time, and wrapped presents for her, too. 

"She's gonna be able to go home and just really enjoy a recovery and just be able to have all these things to distract her from the long recovery that she is gonna have,” Kanzenbach said. 

"We're just so grateful. So very grateful for all the people that have been involved and have very kindly helped our girl stay alive,” Furst said. 

After loading up their van with gifts, Sivya went back home to Kansas just in time for Christmas. 

A GoFundMe has been set up for those looking to help fund Sivya White-Cook's recovery, to donate Click Here.