ROANOKE, BOTETOURT COUNTY VA - A DOG ATTACKED 4-YEAR-OLD JACKSON LAM WHILE HE WAS WITH HIS FATHER AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE ...HE IS NOW OUT OF A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA!
UPDATE: ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- People in Roanoke are coming together to help support a young boy recovering from a dog attack last month.
According to family friend, Jason Lane, 4-year-old Jackson Lam has come out of his medically induced coma. Lane was attacked by a dog last month while at a family friend's house with his father.
Lane said Jackson has had several surgeries and is scheduled for several more. Many of the injuries were on his face.
"He's got a tough road ahead of him and we're trying to get his mind off of what happened and move forward in his young childhood life," he said.
Family friends are planning a Jackson Strong Benefit and Fundraiser to help him get through it. That event is June 15 and will feature live music, a corn hole tournament and gun raffle. Lane said people are already asking to buy Jackson Strong t-shirts. Another organizer is planning a fishing tournament fundraiser for June 22.
Jackson is turning 5 years old later this month. Lane said his mom asked if people could send him birthday cards in the mail to cheer him up. Cards can be sent to:
(WDBJ7) -- Botetourt County officials said Monday morning that a 4-year-old had been transported to the hospital on Sunday after being attacked by a dog at a gathering.
Deputies responded to the incident on Timber Ridge Road on Sunday.
Witnesses stated that they heard the child screaming from outside and came out to see the child being attacked by the dog.
The child's father then pulled the dog off the child.
EMS arrived shortly after deputies and began treatment of the child, who was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for continued treatment, according to the statement.
No details have been released on the child's condition.
Officials said the dog was shot prior to Deputies and Animal Control Officer's arrival. Animal Control has since taken possession of the dog, which has transported it to the health department for testing.
No charges have been placed at this time; but the incident is still under investigation.