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11-year-old boy attacked by pit bull in Boston returns home after multiple surgeries

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The 11-year-old boy who was attacked by a pit bull in Boston last month has returned home after undergoing several surgeries.

The boy, Bramwell Rodriguez-Rojas, told WCVB he was playing in his backyard in Dorchester when he was attacked by the pit bull on Dec. 30, 2020.

A GoFundMe page started to help the boy’s family pay for medical expenses stated on Jan. 8 that the boy returned home.

“He’s home! Thank you so much for your prayers and generosity,” the post read.

The page said Bramwell had two surgeries after he was bitten all over his limbs and neck by the dog.

According to WCVB, video shows two pit bulls walking in the boy’s neighborhood before the attack. The dogs were not leashed.

The boy told the television station that he heard a bark, turned around and began to scream. During the attack, he cried and was “telling Jesus to save me,” the boy told WCVB.

An off-duty Boston police officer heard the boy’s screams and saw the dog mauling the child, at which point he started to broadcast the attack over the radio and called for help, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said hours after the incident.

The officer tried to stop the dog and eventually had to shoot the animal.

“He was able to save the child and then summonsed health and hospitals, or emergency medical services, to the scene to render assistance to the child,” the police commissioner said.

The dog involved in the attack on Bramwell was euthanized. Boston Animal Control had custody of the second dog.

“We are so grateful for the off-duty police officer who heard his screams and ran to stop the attack before it ended even more tragically,” the GoFundMe page said.

The fund has raised more than $30,000 for the boy’s family as of Sunday.

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