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Casey County boy to undergo surgery after pit bull attack

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

CASEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Lying on his family's couch back in July, then nine-year-old Garrett Carrier thought he was going to die.

"I was screaming please help me, don't let me die," he said in a July 30th interview, just shortly after being released from the hospital.

Now ten-years-old, Garrett isn't just older, he's wiser.

"It's about the future not the past," said the young boy, who said he no longer thinks about the pit bull attack that left his arm dangling at his side.

In the boy's immediate future is a surgery in Cincinnati, one that he and is family is hoping will help him regain strength and mobility in his left arm.

"They're going to take a muscle out of my back and put it in my arm," explained Garrett, who says the thought of the operation makes him sick to his stomach.

"Right now he doesn't have an armpit. His arm is kind of (sewn) to his side," described Crystal Sims, Garret's mother, saying he'll never be able to raise it completely above his head again, "but he'll get the forward, back, and lifting mobility back."

Changes have happened since the summer. "Titan," the pit bull, was put down and the owner moved away, but the physical and emotional scars still linger.

"He's scared of everything now. He's scared of the dark, he's afraid of loud noises, he's afraid of dogs," said the boy's mother, who went on to say it's stolen her son's joy in playing outside.

"It's sad to watch your kid that used to be active, not doing anything."

Although, the mother says, her son tries. Still it's challenging because of the limited motion in his arm and the special brace that he wears on his hand to help his fingers flex and relax.

Garrett says he still misses the way things were.

"I miss playing ball."

When asked if it was hard to sit out of his favorite sport, along with PE, he answered, "Yeah, they asked for soccer sign-ups and since I can't play baseball I raised my hand to play soccer. But the teacher shook their head, and I just took my hand down."

Garrett was asked if he hoped to one day play baseball again, to which he replied, "Yeah, but I'd say it's probably impossible."

His mother quickly jumped in, "Nothing is impossible, honey."

For now, Garrett must first take on another major surgery and the additional physical therapy that follows. The family says the doctors may pull some nerves from the boy's ankle to help his arm, and they may also inject botox to help the muscle growth.

Garrett and his family leave Wednesday for several pre-surgery tests.


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