Brave six-year-old boy left with 90 stitches after saving sister from vicious dog attack
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Brave six-year-old boy left with 90 stitches after saving sister from vicious dog attack

A YOUNG boy in the US is being hailed as a hero after bravely stepping in to prevent a vicious dog from attacking his infant sister. 

Six-year-old Bridger Walker from Wyoming risked his own life to stop the ferocious canine from attacking his younger sibling on July 9. 

In doing so, however, he ended up being mauled by the dog himself, who bit the boy several times on the head and face during the ensuing struggle. 

Incredibly, he still managed to lead his sister to safety, taking her by the hand and guiding her away from the immediate danger. 

The attack left him with several painful wounds around his face and eye, which required a total of 90 stitches in hospital. 

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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

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News of Bridger’s incredible selfless act of bravery was first shared by his auntie, Nicole Walker, who revealed on Instagram that her nephew had been willing to give up his life to save his sister. 

"If someone had to die, I thought it should be me," Bridger is reported to have said. 

Thankfully, the young boy is now on the mend and recovering at home. 

His incredible exploits have not gone unnoticed though. 

Nicole’s Instagram post chronicling Bridger’s heroic efforts has since gone viral, racking up nesrly 100,000 likes in just a few short hours. 

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Reacting to the outpouring of support on social media, Nicole took to Instagram to reveal she has been sharing some of the messages with her six-year-old nephew. 

"I just finished visiting with Bridger at his home," she said. 

"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."

She has also been quick to thank everyone for their kind words. 

"Once again, everyone’s kindness has meant so much to us," the post added. 

"I’m trying to get to all of the messages that I can, but it may take some time."

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My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister. He later said, “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.” He got home from the hospital last night. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks. Please, check your DM’s for my sweet nephew’s story. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans @vancityreynolds @thehughjackman Edit: I never expected my sweet nephew’s story to reach so many. Please, follow my other post (I only have two so far 😅) for the latest info regarding my sweet nephew and his family.

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While some people have been eager to donate to a GoFundMe page, Bridger’s family has asked that well-wishers instead donate to military veteran groups Wounded Warrior Project and Mission 22. 

Although they did have one, slightly unusual, request: pictures of rocks. 

"Bridger is also a huge fan of science, especially geology," his auntie said.

"So, I’m going to start a post where people can share with him pictures of cool rocks that they see."

Bridger and his family have also been keen to stress they felt no anger or animosity to the dog involves or its owners, despite the severity of his injuries. 

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"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,” Nicole wrote. 

"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."