Mother forced to “keep her son’s head together after he was attacked maliciously by a neighbor’s dog”
A mother was forced to hold her son’s head with her hands after being attacked by a mean dog.
Caolan Hayden was torn apart on January 28 by the aggressive bull mastiff cross blue heeler named Buster on the porch of his neighbor in Woori Yallock, east of Melbourne.
The five-year-old was visiting their pet parrot named George when Buster escaped behind a gate and came across Caolan on the front porch.
Caolan’s mother Riquel told Daily Mail Australia that she knew something was wrong when she heard shouts across the street.
“I heard my neighbor scream” no Frank! “And I heard Caolan shout” Mama! ” And I ran as fast as I could, “Mrs. Hayden said.
The dog had secured Caolan and tossed him ‘like a ragdoll’ for less than a minute, causing horrific injuries, including puncture wounds and torn muscles on his head, neck, shoulders and legs, and almost tore his left ear.
Caolan Hayden was attacked by a mean bull mastiff crossing blue heeler on his neighbor’s veranda in January
Caolan suffered horrific puncture wounds to his head, ears, neck, shoulders and legs during the attack
One bite missed the Caolan’s neck vein with millimeters, with wounds around his ears and forehead that were pierced to the bone.
“I came to the porch in front of the house and Caolan had come off the dog at the top of the stairs and just ran away,” Mrs. Hayden said.
“I opened my arms at the bottom and Caolan plunged straight down the five steps in my arms and the dog followed him.
‘Due to a miracle, the gate is closed close to the dog’s nose. Thank goodness I don’t know if we would be here if it wasn’t. “
Mrs. Hayden picked her son up and started to cross the road wildly and saw the full extent of Caolan’s injuries.
“I wore it half-and-half, while I held his forehead together and just fell completely in shock,” she said.
“He grabbed my hand and said,” Come on, Mama, you can do it. “He remained so strong.
“I wrapped his head as well as I could. He had cut a large vein in his eyebrow and it was blood everywhere.
Caolan recovers in his Royal Children’s Hospital bed with his father Mark by his side
Riquel Hayden with her son Caolan, who, according to her, showed incredible courage, maturity and strength after the attack
‘It was horrible. I’ve never seen anything like it. “
Mrs. Hayden waited half an hour for an ambulance to hold Caolan’s head in place, and called her husband Mark, who left work to stand by their side, and again called emergency services to get them to hurry up to his son to assist.
As soon as an ambulance arrived, they had the police in tow, which Mr Hayden dragged out of the house, where officers were sprayed with pepper and stuck to the ground.
“Caolan shouted,” please don’t hurt my father, “Mrs. Hayden said. “We couldn’t believe it.”
They arrived after an hour at the Royal Children’s Hospital, where Caolan entered for plastic surgery with Dr. Felicity Connon, who lasted nine hours.
“The plastic surgeons asked why he was not taken to the hospital after seeing his injuries,” Mrs. Hayden said.
“He was very lucky that he did not need skin grafts. Dr. Connon told me she didn’t stop until she did her best. “
Caolan had two attacks on his wounds, the first operation lasting nine hours
Caolan dressed in his motorcycle clothing before the attack. Mrs. Hayden said he had never complained that he was in pain all the way because of his terrible ordeal
Mrs. Hayden said that after his second operation, Caolan woke up happy and smiling and was ready to play with his family
Caolan underwent a second operation on his wounds two days later and after waking up he smiled in his bed and was ready to play with his family.
“That child didn’t even say he was in pain,” Mrs. Hayden said. “He didn’t complain once. If I were, I would cry and cry.
“Caolan said to me:” It’s okay, mama, the doctors put me back together and I feel good. “
Buster was not known to have attacked before, but was a mean and loud dog that other neighbors on the street had complained about.
Caolan’s psychological trauma is triggered every time he hears a dog bark, causing him to panic immediately.
“The nightmares are terrible,” Mrs. Hayden said. “Sometimes he wakes up sobbing and screaming,” Frank is at the front, he’s going to kill me. “
Caolan with his father Mark on Christmas day. His physical scars heal nicely, but the mental trauma of the attack continues to haunt him
“I told him Frank is in a dog prison, but he doesn’t believe me. Now I’m just saying that Frank is dead. “
“I never want him to be afraid, for God’s sake I hope it doesn’t stay with him.”
Mrs. Hayden hopes that the terrible ordeal of Caolan will help parents and owners of aggressive pets to be more vigilant.
“Always double-check your locks,” she said. ‘If you have a child or someone, make sure they are safe.
‘You can never be too careful when it comes to children. If this saves one child or family, it is worth repeating fifty times.
“It may be your best friend, but you never know.
“It was something a little five-year-old didn’t have to go through, but he’s a brave little boy.”
Mrs. Hayden hopes that the Caolan attack will remind pet owners and parents to be more vigilant