Nine months after vicious dog attack, Statesville toddler still fighting through surgeries

Toddler recovers after mauling attack

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two-year-old Ryder has spent the last nine months fighting through one battle after another. Thanksgiving will mark one year since the Iredell County toddler was brutally attacked by dogs.

Earlier this week, Ryder had another surgery to add to his list of nearly 40 procedures. His mother, Brittany Wells, spoke with WBTV by video chat as Ryder recovered in the hospital at Duke University.

"I'm devastated. I just want for him to be able to catch a break," she said.

Monday, doctors worked on Ryder's third facial skin graft. Two have already failed and the fate of this one is still questionable.

"We had several doctors come in at one time, and they don't think part of the graft looks good. So we're running into some of the same issues that we had before," Wells said.

The day after thanksgiving, Ryder and his family were visiting friends near Raleigh when two dogs attacked the little boy in the back yard. The process hasn't only been grueling physically, but also emotionally.

"We were in Walmart the other day and they were actually laughing and making fun of him because they said he only had one eye," Well said.

Right now, there's no word on how long Ryder will have to stay in the hospital, but Brittany can only pray this surgery works so her son can get back to being a kid.

"Luckily he's too young to know he's being laughed at. But he will look different for a very very long time," she said.

Because Ryder needs constant care and hospital visits, Brittany has not been able to work. If you're interested in helping the family out, click here.

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