A story you will only see on FOX10: It's been one month since a six-year-old boy was attacked by a PIT BULL in Wilmer. (Read background story by clicking here)
He went through many surgeries at UAB in Birmingham and now he's back home. Reporter Devan Coffaro spent the day with the family.
Like many 6-year-olds, Andrew Bulger loves his baby sister and his favorite ninja turtle is Donatello. When you look at his adorable smile, it's hard to believe that this fun-loving little boy is in pain.
"Grabbed him by the neck and just start shaking him,” said his grandmother, Rene Bulger as she recalled the attack. “Blood is going everywhere, so Michael (father) is trying to cover everything on his neck."
Officials from the District Attorney’s office told us they decided not to press charges against the owner. The family’s attorney told us the dog owners voluntarily decided to put the pit bull down
Three surgeries later, Andrew will have scars for life. Parts of his vocal cords and larynx are completely gone. His voice box is severely damaged and he can’t talk or breath on his own.
While he’s back at home, he needs to stay in a special hospital bed hooked up to different equipment.
"Having to be hooked up to the humidifier for so long every day,” said Bulger. “Every time he lays down he needs to have the monitors (for heart and lungs) hooked up to him."
Andrew has a stint and a trach in his throat to help him breath, which needs to be cleaned out often.
"He doesn’t like suctioning out the mucus and stuff from the trach because it takes his air.”
To prevent infections, Andrew can't go outside. He has an unknown amount of surgeries ahead and no guarantee he will ever talk again.. To make it worse, he faces complications almost daily.
"He was having bleeding again that was on his chest and his alarm and of course he was rushed to the emergency room,” said Bulger.
Despite this long, tough journey, Andrew was still all smiles.
Although the family will have to create a new definition of normal, they say the amount of love and prayers they've received is amazing – all for Andrew, a little boy with more courage than he knows.
Andrew will head back to Birmingham next week for more surgeries.
The cost of his medical care is very expensive and much of it isn’t covered. The family’s attorney is setting up a conservatorship account for donations. For more information on how you can help, email ForAndrewBulger@gmail.co