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Infant injured by family dog, showing improvement

The fight is still far from over but a baby critically injured by the family dog a week ago is showing more signs of improvement.

A.J. Smith is now in serious condition at UK Hospital.

The baby's father, Michael Smith, gave 27 NEWSFIRST an update on his recovery Monday afternoon along with a special message for the community.

Alexander James is now a week and a half old and for most of his life he's been in the hospital fighting for a chance to live.

A.J. was in his bassinet at his home in Jessamine County when Dakota, the family's dog, took him from his bed and dragged him into the woods.

A.J. was found 200 yards from the family's home. He had collapsed lungs, a fractured skull and broken ribs among other injuries. His father spoke to the public not long after the accident. He said Dakota, an American Indian mix, wouldn't be coming back to their home. But he hoped his pet of 4 years would find a new home.

Since then hundreds of calls have flooded the Jessamine County Save Center wanting to adopt the dog.

On Monday, Michael Smith tells 27 NEWSFIRST "I appreciate the concern and the outpouring of support, even from complete strangers. It has been overwhelming and really comforting and helped us get through this difficult time."

A.J. is doing much better. His father tells us he was awake for two hours Monday morning, holding his parent's fingers like a baby does.

A baby holding on after grabbing the attention of the country because of a horrible accident.


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