ONLY ON 3: Child recovering from serious dog attack injuries
By WRCB Staff
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: The 10-year-old was operated on for the third time Monday since the attack that happened Thanksgiving morning.
His family waited close-by to hear from doctors who initially told them they may need to amputate his right arm.
“When I saw all the damage I thought I lost him. That was my first thought,” said Gary Ramsey, Grandfather.
Gary Ramsey says, it's a miracle his grandson is alive after the 2-year old pit bull 'Nikko' bit him while they were playing outside.
The Hamilton County Humane Society removed the dog and say they plan on putting him down.
“When I got here they were able to stabilize him but the surgeons opinion was they were not sure if they would able to save his arm,” said Ramsey.
There is a lot of damage left behind but this family chooses faith over fear. Its only been a few days since the attack and the 10-year-old is already on the road to recovery
“I want people to know in the face of tragedy that miracles happen. God will be there if you ask Him to be,” said Ramsey.
Doctors thought his right arm may need to be amputated but now say things are turning for the better.
“They have reattached the tissue, muscles and tendons and they have been able to establish blood flow, his arm now has color and he is moving his fingers,” said Ramsey.
The 10-year-old had his third surgery Monday with no complications, though his surgeon says skin grafting and many other procedures will follow.
“I am grateful he has a chance to live and be able to live a normal life,” said Ramsey.
Ramsey says he is also grateful for everyone who helped save his grandsons life.
“The quick response, all of them, LifeForce, doctors and the readiness of Children's Hospital,” said Ramsey.
The boy will be staying through the Christmas holiday, his family says they welcome prayers or any well wishes.
If you would like to connect with the family, call Erlanger's Children's Hospital and ask for Gary Ramsey who is the Grandfather.
PREVIOUS STORY: Just after 10 a.m., on Thanksgiving morning, deputies with the Hamilton County Sheriff' Office were called to a home on Daugherty Ferry Road on reports of a dog attack on a child.
Upon their arrival the Sale Creek Fire Department found the 10-year-old child on the front porch of the residence.
The child's father told deputies his son came screaming to the house after he was attacked by the pit bull. Investigators tell Channel 3, the child had been playing with the animal when fofornknown reasons the dog attacked him.
The victim sustained serious injuries to his upper left arm, with minor injuries to his upper left chest. He was flown by Life Force to an area hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries.
The owner of the pit bull, Preston Curtin lives on the property in a camper next to the victims residence.
The Hamilton County Humane Society responded to the scene and removed the dog.
No information on the medical condition of the child.