A toddler had to have emergency surgery after a bullmastiff left him with horrific facial injuries. Ollie Cummings, 2, had been playing in his mum Natasha Wilson’s boyfriend’s home when the dog ripped his face and head Friday night.
His mom, Natasha, 25, who got to know the toddler was been attacked snatched him from the bullmastiff before rushing him to the hospital. After carefully observing the cuts on his face, Ollie was wheeled into the theatre for a two-hour plastic surgery operation at lunchtime yesterday.
Ollie’s grandmother, Debs Martin, 48, however said the toddler was already used to the dog, and wondered what went wrong on Friday night.
She said: “Ollie had been playing with keys, walking from one door to another pretending to lock and unlock them. It all happened so fast. We’re not sure if Ollie maybe dropped the keys next to the dog. Ollie was used to being around the dog. He has known it for six months and has been saying, ‘Love Ollie, love Ollie. The dog has already been removed from the property and will be destroyed by a vet, she concluded”.
For now Ollie is okay, but faces further surgery when he is aged around 10.
Dog attacks in the UK are one of the most common causes of severe facial lacerations in children, according to reports. Each year, approximately 28,000 facial dog bites are reported in the UK, with over 19,000 requiring plastic surgery.