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Three-year-old boy nearly loses his arm in horror dog attack at home

Three-year-old boy nearly loses his arm in horror dog attack at home

The family were dog-sitting for someone else at the time

A three-year-old boy nearly ended up losing his arm after being involved in a horror dog attack in his Ohio home.

Little Xavier was attacked by the Belgian Malinois on 2 March, a dog that his family were looking after for somebody else.

It all started as the family prepared to sit down for the evening and start to unwind, according to dad Josh Carr.

But what happened shortly after this was truly traumatic, and something that would change the family's life for the foreseeable or possibly even forever.

Dad Josh has been telling the story of how his son got attacked by a dog.
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Speaking to WKTC-TV, Josh said: "[Xavier] looked over at me and he said, 'Hey, dad, I need something to drink'.

"So, I went over and made sure that everything was good, and he went into the kitchen and he just started screaming at the top of his lungs."

Of course, Josh rushed to the kitchen to see what was wrong and what he saw was truly horrifying.

"I just looked down and seen the blood, but there was a huge puddle of blood underneath of him," the dad-of-two said.

"As cliché as it sounds, I immediately thought of Grey's Anatomy, and I took my belt off that I was wearing and wrapped it around his arm to stop the bleeding as I was calling 911."

Well, it was a good job that the dad is a fan of Grey's Anatomy, as paramedics later told him if he had not put the belt around his son's arm to stop the bleeding, then he probably would not have survived.

Josh added: "[The arm] was held on by about two inches of muscle and skin on the back of the arm, and they had to reconstruct pretty much the entire arm, the bicep, the triceps."

Xavier has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

Since the dreadful attack, Xavier has undergone three major surgeries to correct his arm, and his outlook is looking pretty good right now.

"He's got a very high chance of getting full function back in his arm, in his hand," Josh said.

"It's going to be limited, but he's got a high chance of being able to use that again partially because he was at such a young age."

Doctors also think that Xavier will be able to regain the full use of his arm because he is so young.

However, several more surgeries are required, which will see around a two-year healing process.

The boy's family have set up a GoFundMe page to help with the medical bills they are going to endure over the next few years.

As for the dog, he was euthanised on 9 March.

Featured Image Credit: WKRC