MANILA, Philippines -- Hero dog Kabang is now back in the country after undergoing operation and over six months of treatment in California.
Kabang arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 at 3:35 a.m. Saturday aboard Philippine Airlines via the San Francisco International Airport.
Kabang, a two-year-old shepherd mix, lost her snout and upper jaw and was left with a gaping wound on her face after reportedly jumping in front of a speeding motorcycle in Zambonga last December 2011, saving the lives of her owner’s daughter and niece who were on the path of the oncoming motorcycle.
In October 2012, Kabang was brought to University of California, Davis where she underwent procedures to remove two upper teeth, reconstruct one eyelid, and eventually close her facial wound with skin flaps.
Over $27,000 were raised by international donors for Kabang's treatment and surgery at UC, Davis.
One of Kabang's veterinarians, Dr. Anthony Lim, said the hero dog is scheduled to go back to her owners in Zamboanga on Sunday afternoon where a motorcade awaits her.
Lim also said Kabang can now fully function even if her snout and upper jaw were not reconstructed.
"She's as normal as she can be. She doesn't need any special medication. So aside from the aesthetic, she's normal."
But he said Kabang is still traumatized. "Pag may dumaan na motor, natatakot siya," Lim said. -- Reports from Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News; Zandro Ochona, dzMM