The Best Avenger Ever: 6-Year-Old Saves Little Sister from Dog Attack, Gets 90 Stitches

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The Best Avenger Ever: 6-Year-Old Saves Little Sister from Dog Attack, Gets 90 Stitches

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We found a real-life Avenger. His name is Bridger Walker and he is all of six. The brave boy from Wyoming, United States rescued his little sister from a dog and ended up battered and bruised with 90 stitches on his face.

On July 9, when a German Shepherd charged at his four-year-old sister, Walker jumped in front of her. He saved his sister but the dog did not spare the boy. “Tragically, instead of running off, the dog leaped and latched onto Bridger’s cheek,” the family said in a statement.

Despite being injured, Bridger Walker grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to make sure she is safe. He had to undergo a two-hour surgery and received 90 stitches on his face.

Bridger Walker’s story went viral after his aunt shared it on her Instagram page. When the boy was asked later why he jumped in front of the dog, he said, “I thought if someone has to die, it has to be me.”

 

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My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister. He later said, “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.” He got home from the hospital last night. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks. Please, check your DM’s for my sweet nephew’s story. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans @vancityreynolds @thehughjackman Edit: I never expected my sweet nephew’s story to reach so many. Please, follow my other post (I only have two so far 😅) for the latest info regarding my sweet nephew and his family.

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The aunt wrote that little Walker is an Avengers fan. But before the superheroes, his story got the attention of actress Anne Hathaway. “I’m not an Avenger but I know a superhero when I see one,” she wrote on Instagram.

She also tagged the Hulk. “Hey @markruffalo, do you need a teammate??” ⁣

The Avengers got a whiff of the news in no time and were mighty impressed. Ruffalo responded to Walker’s aunt’s post. “Dear Bridger, I just read about what happened to you and I wanted to reach out to say this… People who put the well being of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart. Real courage isn’t dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow. You are more of man than many, many I have seen or known. With Admiration…

Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk/Professor) 💪❤️👏

 

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Hey, all. Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes. On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans EDIT: I just finished visiting with Bridger at his home. His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact. He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him. I’d also like to mention here that the dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident. EDIT 2: Once again we’re blown away by the amazing comments and messages that Bridger’s receiving. I’ve had lots of inquiries about a GoFundMe. Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp. Bridger is also a huge fan of Science, especially Geology. So I’m going to start a post where people can share with him pictures of cool rocks that they see. EDIT 3: Once again, everyone’s kindness has meant so much to us. I’m trying to get to all of the messages that I can, but it may take some time. For those who have inquired about sending Bridger some rocks, here’s the address to use: Bridger Walker P.O. Box 22141 Cheyenne, WY 82003 #BridgerStrong

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Captain America is a fan already. In fact, he is shipping his shield to Walker as we speak.

 

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There are no words. We are so, so thankful.

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And here’s what Thor had to say. “Your courage is beyond belief… We’d be honoured to have you on the team, mate,” said Chris Hemsworth.

The superheroes have found a new mate. And that settles the debate: “Who is the Best Avenger of Them All?” Take a bow, Bridger Walker.

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