Moth­erly in­tu­ition saves Three Hills boy

The Drumheller Mail - - YEAR IN REVIEW 2016 - Krys McHugh The Drumheller Mail photo sub­mit­ted

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.

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