A young boy who was mauled by a dog while saving his younger sister has made an amazing recovery.
6-year-old Bridger Walker did not think twice when he saw a dog attacking his sister. He immediately jumped to save her, suffering numerous bites to his face and head that required almost 100 stitches.
Thanks to a team of renowned dermatologists, his scars are disappearing day by day.
Bridger captured millions of hearts after his aunt shared his story on Instagram.
“My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog,” Nicole Walker wrote. “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,” Nicole added, “but I’m reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks.”
Anne Hathaway replied by sharing Bridger’s photos on her Instagram and wrote: “I’m not an Avenger, but I know a superhero when I see one. I can only hope I’m half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger.”
She also tagged Avengers star Mark Ruffalo, who praised the young hero, writing: “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.”
Ruffalo added: “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.”
Actor Chris Evans also sent the young boy a sweet video message and told him that he would get him a Captain America shield.
Dr. Sandra Lee, Dr. Cory Maughan, and Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali have ensured Bridger is getting the best laser treatments.
“Every once in a while, we come across patients who do more for us than we can ever do for them,” Dr. Bhanusali said.
“Bridger inspired me and in a time where so much negativity was surrounding the world, he provided hope and represented all that is good.”
He added: “It is my greatest privilege to try and help, and while a few of us may get the credit, this story is more about the dermatology world coming together to help a little boy who is truly a hero,’ he added.
“We are fortunate to be in a place where we can help heal and I’m just thankful to be part of this wonderful dermatology community.”
Dr. Lee, also known as Dr. Pimple Popper, also said: “It’s so wonderful that both Dr. Bhanusali and Dr. Maughan are helping him improve his scars.
“Although I am not directly involved in his care, if I can do anything to make Bridger more comfortable and remind him what a brave, kind, good young man he is, I’m there.”
She added: “I am the lucky one — that Bridger knows my name and I have the opportunity to meet him. He is in great hands, and I look forward to following his progress.”
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