Motherly intuition saves Three Hills boy
On January 3 a four year old, Three Hills boy was rushed to Children’s Hospital after suffering multiple bite wounds while playing at a family friend’s Calgary home.
The four year old, sometimes known as Little John, was playing in the backyard while his family visited their good friends when things went tragically wrong. According to Little John’s uncle, Troy Yeaman, Little John had played with the two dogs numerous times before without incident.
Yea man told The Mail, “This gentleman has two German Shepherds, a male and a female, and never had a problem in the past. John’s mom had a really bad gut feeling and said, ‘I need to go check on John’ she got up and went to the back door and she started screaming to her husband because she saw what was happening.”
Little John was rushed by ambulance to Children’s Hospital suffering over 100 bite wounds and lacerations.
“His right arm and one of his inner thighs was extensively damaged and his artery in his arm was exposed,” Yeaman said.
Little John underwent six hours of surgery, with the main concern being his arm. The doctors had to reconstruct his arm and Little John needed skin grafts on both his arm and leg. Doctors have said it will be four to six weeks before Little John can return to his Three Hills home.
Yea - man said, “Right now doctors are trying to get him up and moving but he screams and cries. His dad hasn’t left his side and sleeps in his hospital room at night.”
Little John has a younger brother, Wyatt, who is staying with his aunt and uncle Yeaman in Three Hills. Yeaman said they are driving back and forth as much as possible for Wyatt to be able to be with his parents and visit his brother.
“It’s not easy for a little one like Wyatt to be separated from his family,” Yeaman said.
Soon after Yeaman started a Go Fund Me page there was a great deal of support shown for the family. Within four days there had been over $11,000 raised for the family to cover immediate and long term expenses.
“I am completely blown away by the people who absolutely care about Little John and his family.” Yeaman said.
The two dogs involved were fully signed over to the city at the time of the incident. They have since been put down.
Troy Yeaman said, “Who knows why dogs do what they do, but as a parent they have those thoughts as to ‘what should we have done differently?’. Little John’s mom and dad hold no hard feelings towards the dog owners.”
John’s mom had a really bad gut feeling and said, ‘I need to go check on John’... she started screaming because she saw what was happening.” Troy Yeaman Little John’s Uncle
Brothers, l-r, Wyatt and Little John, are all smiles for the camera.