News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Waitoa Boy Recovering In Waikato Hospital

Date: 16 July 2008

Waitoa Boy Recovering In Waikato Hospital

The mother of a 13-year-old Waitoa boy attacked by four dogs on Monday says her son is in good spirits today despite his horrendous injuries.

Police today confirmed the boy was cycling through the township when four hunting dogs escaped from a house and attacked him.

The woman, who prefers to be unnamed, said the dogs pulled her son off his bike and ripped the clothes off him.

The incident happened about 5pm on Monday.

Three women passing managed to get the boy away from the dogs and put him in the seat of a car.

They phoned the ambulance and took the boy home to his mother.

"They were wonderful. They covered him in a towel and a blanket. I don't know what would have happened if they hadn't saved him," she said.

The woman said there was blood everywhere.

About 10 minutes later the ambulance arrived and she accompanied her son to Waikato Hospital.

"In the scheme of things it could have been much, much worse," she said.

Waikato Hospital registrar Dr Fiona Neary said the boy had more than 100 lacerations on the arms, legs and buttocks.

He underwent six hours surgery yesterday and was unlikely to have more.

"It was a very long day for him."

The major damage was to the left bicep muscle, which will need extensive physiotherapy.

He is unlikely to return to school for several weeks.

"I don't think I've ever seen such extensive injuries," said Dr Neary.

"Obviously he was extremely frightened."

Please visit our website www.waikatodhb.govt.nz for pictures of the injuries and an interview with Dr Fiona Neary.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis Review: Sally Potter's The Party

Sally Potter remains one of Britain’s most determined independent film-makers, deliberately resisting the lure of mainstream attention in order to work entirely on her own terms. The Party is an undeniably engaging and droll divertissement from an independent filmmaker who has mastered her art without ever compromising it. More>>


Winter Games: NZ's Second Ever Winter Olympic Medal

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson congratulates snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott on winning the bronze medal in the Women’s Big Air at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea today. More>>

ALSO:


Howard Davis Preview: Terry Gilliam's Subversive Brazil

Full kudos to the Embassy Theatre for stepping up to the plate and hosting the Wellington Film Society, after the owners of the Paramount committed an unpardonable act of cultural vandalism when it shuttered the country's oldest movie theatre last year. The Film Society is opening their 2018 season with Terry Gilliam's brilliantly subversive Brazil on Monday, 26 February. More>>


Howard Davis Preview: Ria Hall Performs 'Rules of Engagement' at The NZ Festival

Concerned with the perennial themes of conflict and resistance, Rules of Engagement took five years for Ria Hall to complete. See her perform live with vocalist Mara TK and powerhouse trio The Nudge on Saturday, 24 February, at the Festival Club, 17 Cable St., Wellington, and Sunday, 25 February, at Maoriland Hub, 68 Main St, Otaki. More>>

Review: Robbie Williams – The Heavy Entertainment Tour

The audience – already in a good humoured state of excitement after kareokeing along to the “Robbie Williams National Anthem" (a typical mix of bombast and self deprecatory nonsense) – were up and dancing to Welcome to the Heavy Entertainment tour... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland