Cocke Co. boy attacked by dog now home

11:13 PM, Aug 9, 2011   |    comments
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A Cocke County boy involved in a serious dog attack is now at home. Brandon Williams, 10, recovered at UT Medical Center for six days after a pitbull tore off both of the boy's ears. 

"I wanted to live... I wasn't ready to die," said Brandon at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The accident happened when Brandon was delivering a package to his neighbor's home in Newport. That is when a pack of dogs attacked Brandon.  He said he remembers the events leading up to the attack very clearly. 

He used one word to describe the attack, "terrifying."

Surgeons performed an eight hour surgery on Brandon to treat his injuries on his arm, leg, face and ears. Doctors were not able to re-attach the boy's ears, however he can still hear.

Now, Brandon is able to walk, move around and his bright personality is shining through.

His father, Tony, is thrilled with the swift recovery.

"I'm so happy. I'm just tickled to death," he said.

Dr. Michelle Hall, a physician at Children's Hospital, said the boy's progress is a "success."

"I think it's a very big deal that he's home today," said Dr. Hall.

But she believes he could face a struggle ahead.

"The healing of those wounds is probably going to be the most painful. If any tendons were torn, it can be a lengthy recovery," Dr. Hall said.

The parents plan to home-school Brandon until he's fully recovered.

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