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The 11-year-old Georgia boy who was mauled by a pack of pit bulls whereas using his bike recorded a heartbreaking video from his hospital mattress – saying, “I simply need you to know I’m OK.”
Justin Gilstrap suffered devastating accidents on Jan. 6, together with the lack of an ear and 70% of his scalp, when the three ferocious canines attacked him after a sport of soccer close to Grovetown.
He has undergone a number of surgical procedures however stays in good spirits after the harrowing ordeal, WRDW reported.
Within the quick clip, Justin quietly says: “Hey, everyone. I really like y’all. I simply need you to know, I’m OK.”
His mother, Ericka Gilstrap, advised the Augusta Chronicle after the assault that her nephew, Mason Aguilar, 11, heard him screaming and located him in a ditch.
“Hey, everyone. I really like y’all. I simply need you to know, I’m OK,” Justin Gilstrap stated in a video from the hosptial. GoFundMe / Ericka Gilstrap
“By the point he received to him, he might see the canines and that’s when he known as 911,” she advised the information outlet. “Justin was alone when it occurred and that’s what’s so heartbreaking to me. He knew he needed to be residence by 6 (p.m.) and he wasn’t getting in bother.”
Justin’s grandmother and a neighbor additionally rushed to the scene, the place she used the bike to shoo the animals away because the boy put up a valiant battle by kicking them, in line with the outlet.
His grandmother additionally was bitten within the forearm throughout the chaos.
Justin Gilstrap, 11, was brutally mauled by three pit bulls whereas using a motorcycle by means of his Grovetown, Georgia, neighborhood.GoFundMe / Ericka Gilstrap
Justin misplaced 70% of his scalp after the brutal assault.Ericka Gilstrap
“She stated there was simply blood all over the place,” Ericka advised the Chronicle. “She couldn’t inform the place she was bleeding from … however apparently he was bleeding from all over the place as a result of there’s not an inch of his physique that isn’t lined in a reduce or bruise.”
She stated her son will want psychological counseling after he heals from the bodily wounds.
“I’m hoping he’s not going to have PTSD,” Ericka stated. “They did warn me that he in all probability will want some remedy, simply to get him again to the place he was. He’s sedated, so I don’t know what he remembers, however one time when he wakened, he had tears coming down his face as a result of he began crying.”
Burt Baker, the pit bulls’ proprietor who has been charged with reckless conduct, advised cops his canines take pleasure in chasing individuals on bicycles.
Ericka stated this isn’t the primary time the animals have been noticed roaming within the neighborhood.
“They’re at all times free. They don’t actually have a fence of their yard,” she advised the Chronicle. “We might catch them in our yard. My dad made a report concerning the canines being unfastened and people are the identical canines that attacked my sister’s Yorkie.”
Baker has admitted he was not residence on the time of the assault on Justin, the Chronicle reported.
The canines’ proprietor, Burt Baker, has been charged with reckless conduct.Columbia County Sheriff
Baker has surrendered seven pit bull terriers and pit bull mixes after the incident.
He surrendered seven pit bull terriers and pit bull mixes after the incident, in line with WRDW.
In the meantime, the Gilstraps created the hashtag #JustinTough to unfold consciousness concerning the boy’s ordeal.
“He’s fortunate to be alive and it’s as a result of he put up that battle,” his mother advised the Chronicle. “He’s more durable than me. I don’t suppose I might have completed half of what he did. He by no means shed a tear within the emergency room. Even within the ambulance, they have been bragging about how well mannered and calm he was.”