In order to save his younger sister, a 7-year-old kid ran out in front of a dangerous dog, and he now says he’s proud of his wounds.
In July 2020, Bridger Walker and his sister, age 4, were visiting a friend in Wyoming when they were outside in the backyard when a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix rushed at them.
According to NBC News’ July 2020 article, which cited the siblings’ parents, Bridger, who was 6 years old at the time, instinctively moved in front of his sister to defend her and was attacked in the face by the dog.
The child sustained unsightly facial scars as a result of the injury, which required 90 stitches and required many operations to treat.
At the time, Bridger remarked, “But if someone had to die, I believed it should be me.”
That statement is still true for the now 7-year-old. Robert Walker, his father, claimed that his kid takes pride in having a scar and isn’t particularly disturbed by it.
“Do you want it to go away? Is that what my wife and I asked him? And he said, “I don’t want it to completely disappear,” the father of five remarked, according to People.
Bridger doesn’t think of his scar as a physical reminder of his valiant deed, but he does think it’s something to be proud of. He just thinks, “I was a brother, and that’s what brothers do,” is how it happened. It serves as a reminder that his sister is unharmed and in good condition.
Nikki Walker, his aunt, told him his tale at the time. “My nephew is a hero who protected his little sister from an aggressive dog,” the pleased aunt wrote on Instagram.
“He himself took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister,” she stated. Later, he declared, “I believed it should be me if anyone was going to die.” Last night, he returned from the hospital. I realize it’s a long shot, but I’m trying to get in touch with the Avengers and other heroes so they can find out about the newest member of their team.
She tagged many “superhero” stars in her post, including Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr. (Ironman), who both replied to the tale with video comments for the little hero.
However, Bridger’s father claimed that his son feels uncomfortable with the label of hero.
When others praise him, “it almost worries him sometimes because he [thinks], “Maybe I should have done more to safeguard her,”” he added.
The family is really appreciative that so many of their son’s role models have been in touch.
“Chris Evans sent the shield and his video was incredible. Bridger couldn’t have been happier, according to his father. “He was probably the most star-struck when he spoke to Tom Holland; it was a live call, so it made an effect… His emotional healing actually required a global effort, which was really important to us.
Bridger has undergone several operations, but there is still more to be done.
Dermatologist Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, who saw his tale and volunteered to fly him to his clinic in New York and provide treatment for free, said, “We still have a little more work to do on the surface, redness portion of it, but structurally everything looks so much better.”
When Bridger is in junior high or high school, I want this to be a tale he tells rather than a memory he has replay every day, I constantly told Robert. And I believe that circumstance will arise,” the kind-hearted doctor said.
Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway are two other well-known Hollywood figures who have been in touch.