6-Year-Old Boy Saves Little Sister From Dog Attack

July 15, 2020 - 2:42 pm
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A 6-year-old boy from Wyoming is being hailed as a hero after throwing himself in front of a dog that was charging for his younger sister.

The boy, Bridger Walker, was attacked so badly that he needed 90 stitches in his face after being bitten on his left cheek, according to his aunt, Nikki Walker, who posted about the incident on her Instagram.

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Hey, all. Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes. On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans EDIT: I just finished visiting with Bridger at his home. His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact. He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him. I’d also like to mention here that the dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident. EDIT 2: Once again we’re blown away by the amazing comments and messages that Bridger’s receiving. I’ve had lots of inquiries about a GoFundMe. Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp. Bridger is also a huge fan of Science, especially Geology. So I’m going to start a post where people can share with him pictures of cool rocks that they see. EDIT 3: Once again, everyone’s kindness has meant so much to us. I’m trying to get to all of the messages that I can, but it may take some time. For those who have inquired about sending Bridger some rocks, here’s the address to use: Bridger Walker P.O. Box 22141 Cheyenne, WY 82003 #BridgerStrong

A post shared by Nikki Walker (@nicolenoelwalker) on Jul 12, 2020 at 8:53am PDT

Despite the harrowing episode, Bridger still managed to walk his little sister away, leading her by the hand to hide from the canine.

“If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,” Bridger said of his brave display, according to his aunt.

Nikki made the post to round up support for her nephew, who is recovering after the attack which reportedly happened on July 9.

The original post included a few adorable pictures of Bridger and his sister from over the years, a close-up of his face while he was being treated in the hospital, and a picture of him standing with his arm around his sister with his arm around her with his healing scars on his face.

“Hey, all,” Nikki began her caption. “Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes.”

And it worked. Nikki was overwhelmed by the support for her posts about her heroic nephew, which have received hundreds of thousands of likes and tens of thousands of comments.

On Wednesday afternoon, she posted a picture of Bridger at home in a Spider-Man costume, smiling at the camera, scars and all.

Nikki reflected on the unexpected journey and her surprise at how many people the story reached.

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Have y’all noticed that I have no idea what I’m doing yet? #UmmmIAccidentallyWentViral? When I first posted for Bridger, I expected maybe 500 likes at most and maybe a couple dozen reshares. But here we are. So much love from all walks of life (including a few celebs)! And we just got off a call with a friendly neighborhood idol. (Pic is of Bridger’s reaction right after the call.) Bridger is over the moon! Can’t wait to show him what’s next: a message from some guy who doesn’t like bullies. Gotta wait for the stardust to clear from his eyes first, though. Mission accomplished, everyone! We can’t thank you enough. #BridgerStrong EDIT: I feel like I should also mention that Bridger has also loved all of the other videos and messages I’ve shown him from all of you. We might not be able to get to everyone right away, but your messages are no less appreciated.

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“Have y’all noticed that I have no idea what I’m doing yet? #UmmmIAccidentallyWentViral?” she wrote, starting her caption with a joke.

Nikki continued: “When I first posted for Bridger, I expected maybe 500 likes at most and maybe a couple dozen reshares. But here we are. So much love from all walks of life (including a few celebs)! And we just got off a call with a friendly neighborhood idol. (Pic is of Bridger’s reaction right after the call.) Bridger is over the moon! Can’t wait to show him what’s next: a message from some guy who doesn’t like bullies. Gotta wait for the stardust to clear from his eyes first, though. Mission accomplished, everyone!”

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