A young boy who suffered horrific facial wounds in a dog attack in County Wexford is “totally unrecognisable,” his brother has told Newstalk Breakfast.
Nine-year-old Alejandro Miszan was playing with friends in a housing estate in Enniscorthy when he was attacked by the pit bull on Sunday.
He was airlifted to Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital where he underwent surgery for severe facial injuries.
On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Alejandro’s older brother Raul Miszan said his face is “completely destroyed”.
“He has no lips and his face is in bits,” he said. “I don’t know how to describe it.
“His face is not like he used to be anymore; his face is completely changed. He is not the same anymore.
“We can’t really recognise him the way he looks now at the moment. He is in terribly bad condition.”
Raul said his family is in total shock since the attack.
“My mother is in a very bad depression at the moment,” he said. “My father is devastated.
“We just don’t have the words to describe the pain that we have in our hearts at the moment. Not only us and the whole family and friends, but the whole of Ireland is also the same now, to be honest with you.
“But my family is destroyed.”
Raul said Alejandro is unable to talk and is breathing through a tube in his neck.
“I don’t know if he will be talking again,” he said. “I’m not sure about this.
“If he wants to say something he will just write a message and that is all, but he can’t really type at the moment because he is asleep and he just wakes up for like two or three seconds and then goes back to sleep.”
"Very friendly child"
He said Alejandro is a “very friendly child” who is much loved by everyone at school and around the neighbourhood.
“Everyone loves him because he is very friendly and he likes to chat and stuff like this,” he said. “But now, at this moment, I don’t think he can talk anymore and it is just terrible.
“He is the most loved in our family. Everybody spoiled him; everybody loved him and now just the news is just terrible.
“He is just in a very bad way. It is terrible.”
Raul said one of the neighbours saved Alejandro’s life by attacking the dog with a baseball bat to get him off him.
“I went to look for him just to thank him that he saved my brother’s life,” he said. “Probably, if it wasn’t for him, maybe my brother wouldn’t be beside us now anymore.
“We just thank God that he is still alive and still beside us at the moment.”
A neighbour has set up a GoFundMe page for Alejandro and his family and is urging people to “donate anything to get this little boy his beautiful smile back and get him back home” and you can donate here.
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