Boy prepares for surgery after dog attack

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm •  Published: January 29, 2013
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MIDDLEBURG, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky boy who survived being mauled by a pit bull over the summer is getting ready for reconstructive surgery.

Ten-year-old Garrett Carrier and his mother, Crystal Sims, told media outlets that during surgery this week a muscle will be taken from his back and used to reconstruct an armpit. In addition, nerves from his ankle will be moved to his arm and he'll get Botox injections to help firm up the muscles.

Sims says the surgery should significantly increase her son's range of motion with the arm, which was left dangling at his side after the attack and required more than 100 stitches to sew back on. She says doctors hope he will regain full use of his hand and be able to have a wide range of motion with his arm, though he probably won't ever be able to raise it above his head.

Sims says she is hoping her son's mental scars will heal along with the physical ones.

She said the attack has made him afraid of a multitude of things, including playing outside.

"He's doing great, he really is," Sims says. "But I still worry about him a lot. I worry about his emotions. His dad was attacked by a dog when he was 15 or 16, and he's still not over his fear of dogs. Garrett's scared of a lot of things now, not just dogs. Loud noises. The dark. A lot of things."

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