A 7-year-old kid says he’s proud of his scars after leaping in front of a violent dog to save his younger sister.
Bridger Walker was visiting a friend’s house in Wyoming with his 4-year-old sister in July 2020 when they were outside in the backyard when a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix leaped at them.
According to the siblings’ parents, Bridger, then six years old, jumped in front of his sister to defend her and was attacked in the face by the dog, as reported by NBC News in July 2020.
The child was left with unsightly facial scars and has had repeated surgeries to heal the lesion, which required 90 stitches.
“If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,” Bridger stated at the time.
Those words are still held dear by the now 7-year-old. Robert Walker, his father, said his kid isn’t troubled by his scar; in fact, he’s proud of it.
“‘Do you want it to go away?’ my wife and I asked. “‘I don’t want it to go all the way away,’ he said,” the father of five told People.
“Bridger thinks of his scar as something to be proud of, but he doesn’t think of it as a symbol of his bravery. ‘I was a brother, and that’s what brothers do,’ he simply believes. It serves as a reminder that his sister was not wounded and is OK.”
Nikki Walker, his aunt, told him about it at the time. “My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog,” the pleased aunt wrote on Instagram.
“He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister,” she stated. ‘If someone was going to die, I believed it should be me,’ he subsequently added. Last night, he returned home from the hospital. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m contacting the Avengers and other heroes to inform them of this new addition to their ranks.”
She tagged several “superhero” celebs in her post, including Ironman’s Robert Downey Jr. and Captain America’s Chris Evans. They both responded to the tale with video messages for the young hero.
On the other hand, Bridger’s father claims that his son is uncomfortable with the term “hero.”
“When he’s considered a hero, it almost worries him because he thinks, ‘Maybe I could have done more to shield her,'” he added.
The family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from many of their son’s heroes.
“Chris Evans’ video was incredible, and he even sent the shield.” “Bridger couldn’t have been happier,” his father remarked. “He was probably the most starstruck when he spoke with Tom Holland because it was a live call so that one left an impression… His emotional recuperation was truly a global effort, and that meant a lot to us.”
Even though Bridger has had so many surgeries, there is still work to be done.
Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, a dermatologist, said, “We still have a little more work to do on the superficial, redness aspect of it, but structurally everything looks so much better.” After hearing his story, he volunteered to fly him to his clinic in New York and treat him for free.
“‘When Bridger’s in junior high or high school, I want this to be a story he tells, not a memory he has to replay every day,’ I always told Robert. And I believe we will find ourselves in that circumstance,” the generous doctor remarked.
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Bridger is a true hero; his selfless gesture is an inspiration, and I’m delighted he’s recuperating well and receiving all of the love and attention he deserves.
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