After a Violent Dog Attack, This 6-Year-Old Hero's Story Just Got a Happier Ending

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๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐จ โค๏ธโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ Many of you may have seen Bridgerโ€™s story- a 6 year old boy who withstood a terrible dog attack to protect his little sister. This week, it was my great privilege to start scar treatments to help and get back his perfect smile. While the treatments may be intense, I know Bridger will do incredible. ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ซ๐ข๐๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ, ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐š๐  ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพโฃโฃโฃโฃ @nicolenoelwalker @teilawalker @robertwalker307 โฃโฃโฃโฃ **Note- you know I love the jersey swaps and while itโ€™s no Captain America shield, hopefully the white coat will be useful one day ๐Ÿ™ƒ โฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ #bridgerstrong #TheBridgerChallengeโฃโฃโฃโฃ โ€”โ€”โ€”โฃโฃโฃโฃ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ ๐š ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐๐ ๐ž๐ซโ€™๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ. I can only imagine how overwhelming this may be. The way you handled this, turning a negative into a positive and helping your story bring hope to millions is truly inspiring. I appreciate you letting me be a small part of this story. So glad the little ones were able to connect and hopefully be friends for life โค๏ธโฃโฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ Also a thank you to @corymaughan , my Derm colleague in Utah who will be helping with this case and future treatments. Given the pandemic, this was challenging to coordinate but i know he will be in the best of hands โฃโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ T๐จ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฉ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐œ๐š๐ซ, ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฌ๐ค ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ. There is all types of misinformation out there but the entireDerm world agrees- The earlier the intervention, the better the result. Thank you Bridger for letting the second half of your story inspire countless more. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž โฃโฃโค๏ธโฃโฃ โฃโฃโฃโฃ #dermatology #derm #scartreatment

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Back in July, a 6-year-old boy from Wyoming named Bridger Walker went viral after the story of how he saved his younger sister from a violent dog attack made its rounds on social media. After going viral, his story earned him some recognition from a few members of the Avengers cast โ€” Chris Evans sent him a Captain America shield, Robert Downey Jr. gave him a shout-out on Instagram, and Tom Holland invited him to the set of the next Spider-Man movie โ€” but this week his story got an even happier ending. As revealed by New York-based dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, this week, Walker started treatment to help heal the scar left behind during the attack.

Walker’s bite to the face ended up requiring him to have surgery and get stitches immediately after. “It’s not every day you get to treat your hero,” Dr. Bhanusali wrote on Instagram on Aug. 16. “This week, it was my great privilege to start scar treatments to help [Walker] get back his perfect smile. While the treatments may be intense, I know Bridger will do incredible.”

The doctor shared the news in the caption of a photo that shows the two of them smiling next to each other as Walker holds his up own mini white coat that was likely given to him as a gift. He also used the caption to thank Walker’s family who initially spread the news. “I can only imagine how overwhelming this may be,” Dr. Bhanusali wrote. “The way you handled this, turning a negative into a positive and helping your story bring hope to millions is truly inspiring. I appreciate you letting me be a small part of this story.”

We’re excited to follow his journey to see the results.

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