The holiday season just isn't the same inside Brittany Wells' home. While gifts sit under a tree for two boys, one of them is hours away in a hospital bed, fighting for his little life.
"I just want him back," Wells said.
The day after Thanksgiving, 22 month old Ryder Wells was attacked by TWO ROTTWEILERS near Raleigh.
"He won't remember it, but it happened. What he felt that second, it's killing me," Wells said.
For nearly two weeks, Wells has been replaying the moment she found Ryder laying face down in the backyard of a friend's house.
"The moment I saw him, there's a part of me that just died. The left side of his face was completely off, from his eyelid, half of his nose, his lips," Wells said.
Wells says Ryder slipped through a doggy door and into the backyard where the dog's were waiting.
"We are getting a lot of, well maybe you weren't watching him. This happened within minutes," Wells said.
Five surgeries and 37 total hours in the operating room in just ten days for a little boy who weighs only 23 pounds.
"I feel helpless, but I'm hopeful," Wells said.
Hope is keeping this mother going, along with a faith she didn't know she had.
"It's made us question everything. My five year old said he prayed the other day because God is watching over his brother," Wells said.
The support Wells says their family has received has been overwhelming from Facebook to big gesture by Mooresville's 'Onin Staffing', a company Wells has only worked for since July. Her coworkers traded in their annual Christmas party for gifts under the tree.
"As you see all the presents underneath the Christmas tree, that's Onin. I bawled like a baby," Wells said.
The road ahead for Ryder is sure to be long, Wells says it could be years before her little boy is back to normal, but Wells is convinced her little boy will only come out stronger than before.
"This has gotta mean something, I mean, he's already reached other countries," Wells said.