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Raleigh child continues recovery process after attack by dogs

Posted November 29, 2019 9:32 p.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2019 12:34 a.m. EST

— A toddler attacked by dogs four years ago the day after Thanksgiving is doing better every day.

It happened in Raleigh in a family friend's backyard. Ryder Wells is now five, active in most cases like any other 5-year-old.

Four years ago, his family thought he might not make it to age five.

Ryder Wells with his mom, Brittany

"There was a moment when I thought 'Would my child have been better off not to make it? What is his quality of life going to be?'" said Brittany Wells. "And now I look at him and say 'Hi.' Now I look at him and I can’t even fathom that thought."

Ryder Wells suffered major injuries when he was bitten by a family friend's dogs. After countless surgeries and procedures, his mom said he's living a great life.

"He’s in kindergarten in a normal class," Brittany said. "He has friends, he wants to jump and play and I mean really he’s like every other kid."

He may look a little different with his skin expanded but his mom says it’s taught everyone an important lesson.

Ryder Wells with his brother, Collin

"Just treat everybody equally," said Collin Wells, Ryder's brother.

And it’s a great time to talk to other people about differences, and I tell them, I said 'he’s just like you on the inside but we all look different on the outside," Brittany said.

And even though that day in 2015 was an accident, it’s an accident she doesn’t want to happen to anyone else.

Ryder Wells in 2016

"Always be very cautious around animals, no matter how well trained you think they are, animals are animals and accidents happen," she said.

Ryder has got more surgeries planned, but that’s not slowing him down him. He's had over 45 procedures and his next big one is scheduled for Dec. 16.

"He wants to be like everybody else," Brittany said.

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