Published: Jul 07, 2014 10:32 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "We'll be able to help her, it's gonna be a long journey for her."

Victoria Wilcher's journey to repair her eye is starting in Naples, after a pair of pit bulls mauled her earlier this year.

"And when I hear her mom talk about when they were in the hospital and they almost lost her three times, you know this is just like a little miracle running around here."

On Monday, WINK News was there as the 3 year old, her mother, and a family representative arrived from Mississippi to the Inn at Pelican Bay. This hotel will be their new home, as Wilcher prepares to receive an artificial eye from specialist Raymond Peters.

"Great little personality, makes me feel good," said Peters. "She has no lower lid, and I have to basically graft on that's gonna take a while. I can start her, but in my opinion she probably wont get a full artificial eye on this trip."

Victoria's story quickly spread across the country after her family said workers made her leave a KFC because of her appearance. Despite the allegations, KFC investigated and found the restaurant did nothing wrong. Still Peters said his desire to help the little girl hasn't changed.0

"Blazing child and what a shame that she got chewed up like that, but we'll do the best we can," said Peters.

Peters tells WINK News he's doing all this for free. He said Victoria will need to get a new eye about every six months as she continues to grow.