(WNCN) — A 6-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero after he survived multiple dog bites while getting his younger sister out of harm’s way.
In an Instagram post shared by the boy’s aunt, 6-year-old Bridger quite possibly saved his sister’s life by standing in between her and a charging dog.
Bridger’s aunt, known as Nikki Walker (@nicolenoelwalker) on Instagram says that he was bit several times on the face and in the head.
Walker says after he was bitten several times, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe.
He later told his aunt “if someone had to die, I thought it should be me,” according to the Instagram post.
Bridger reportedly received more than 90 stitches and is back at home resting.
Bridger reportedly received more than 90 stitches.
His aunt gave this update on Instagram:
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.NIKKI WALKER
Bridger’s bravery caught the attention of several celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo and Octavia Spencer, who sent their best wishes to the 6-year-old.
Dear Bridger, I just read about what happened to you and I wanted to reach out to say this… People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart. Real courage isn’t dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow. You are more of man than many, many I have seen or known. With Admiration…MARK RUFFALO (BRUCE BANNER/HULK/PROFESSOR)
Walker added that Bridger’s family asks anyone wondering about a GoFundMe account to instead donate to the Wounded Warrior Project or Mission 22. Bridger is also a huge fan of science and geology, in particular, and anyone interested in sending him interesting rocks can do so here:
P.O. Box 22141
Cheyenne, WY 82003