Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

My poor boy, says fox attack father

A fox has attacked a baby boy in south east London

The father of a month-old baby dragged from his cot by a fox has paid tribute to his "poor boy" as he continues his recovery in hospital.

Denny Dolan was seriously injured after the animal entered the house near Bromley, south east London, where he lives with his parents, named in reports as Hayley Banks Cawley, 28, and Paul Dolan.

Surgeons reportedly had to reattach one of the baby's fingers after the incident on Wednesday. He also had cuts to his face which needed stitches.

Messages of support for Denny have flooded onto his mother's Facebook page, while Mr Dolan posted a photograph on the site which showed his son with his hand heavily bandaged. In the picture caption Mr Dolan wrote: "My poor boy."

One message read: "Hayley I can't imagine how your feeling if I can do anything to help just let me no!! Sending lots of love xxxxxxxx". A message on Mr Dolan's Facebook page read: "Poor little man :-( sending lots of positive thoughts to him x x x".

The baby was said to be "recovering well" in hospital after being moved from the high dependency unit.

A hospital spokeswoman said on Sunday: "The Evelina Children's Hospital, part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, can confirm that the baby has been moved from the High Dependency Unit to a ward and is recovering well."

Lorraine Murphy, the child's aunt, said his mother had gone upstairs when she heard a bang and rushed back down to find the fox dragging the baby towards the door.

"It was so traumatic," she told the Times. "The family are devastated. I spoke to my brother at the hospital, but he couldn't even talk. Denny's lovely - he was a perfect baby."

The family made numerous requests for a damaged door to be fixed and have vowed not to return to the house, the Sun reported.

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