UPDATE: PIT'S TOOTH FOUND LODGED IN BONE WAS SOURCE OF THE INFECTION IN HIS LEG !!!
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
It was hard to hear her son's leg had to be amputated, but that's what surgeons at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans told Tiffany Ronsonet they had to do. The mother of the two boys attacked by a pit bull in their Biloxi neighborhood was in tears as she talked about her son's current condition.
"They amputated his left leg and cut it just below the knee. He is still in recovery and receiving his blood transfusion. He is sleeping comfortable and is heavily sedated," said Ronsonset after her son's surgery Friday evening.
She said during the operation surgeons were able to find the source of the infection in his leg - the PIT BULL'S TOOTH lodged in the bone in his left leg. Ronsonet said as a result of the infection, the bone was dead.
"They told us they feel confident that they were able to remove all of the infection, but we won't know for sure until Sunday," said Ronsonet. "He is on the schedule for another surgery on Sunday to clean and cover the wound at the amputation site on his leg."
Ronsonet said doctors expect to discharge Jaxon in two weeks. He'll have to continue receiving antibiotics through an IV and will need home health care. But even then he'll still have a long road to recovery. Jaxon won't be able to be fitted for a prosthetic leg for at least three to six months. Since the attack, a South Mississippi company called Quick Care Patent Metal owned by Keith Wade has stepped up and offered to build his prosthetic leg free of charge. Jaxon's mother said since his health insurance was never reinstated this year, he has none. She is working with an insurance agency to reinstate his coverage.
A teenager who saved his younger brother from a PIT BULL attack will have to have his leg amputated, his mother said in a Facebook post.
Tiffany Ronsonet posted the news Thursday about her son, Jaxon Ronsonet, 15. The teen and his brother Bentley were attacked by a pit bull on Nov. 10 in Biloxi. Jaxon has been at Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans since the attack as doctors have tried to save his leg.
“The latest update on Jaxon is that after meeting with the entire team of vascular, orthopedic and plastic surgeons who have worked on him since he got here last week, we have decided it would be in his best interest to proceed with the amputation of his left leg due to the infection that has set into the leg,” Ronsonet wrote.
“The doctors have done everything possible to try to save his leg and Jaxon fought a good fight himself.”
Ronsonet went on to say the surgery to remove Jaxon’s leg was scheduled to begin 1 p.m. Friday, with a second phase scheduled for Sunday.
“This decision has been a lot for us to take in and process, so we ask everyone please continue to keep Jaxon in your prayers at this very difficult time for him.
“That you all again so much!”
The dog that attacked the boys was euthanized earlier this week.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help with Jaxon and Bentley’s medical bills.