Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Toddler gets 200 stitches on face

Two-year-old Joshua Mann was attacked by his grandmother's collie
Joshua before he was mauled by his grandmother's dog

A toddler needed 200 stitches in his face after being horrifically injured by his grandmother's collie.

Two-year-old Joshua Mann underwent emergency surgery but will still be scarred for life following the attack.

Joshua will have to endure further surgery before he can go home to Brockworth, near Gloucester.

His mother, Lisa Mann, 23, spoke of her shock at seeing her bloodied son in hospital.

"I thought he was going to die. He looked in so much pain," she said.

"All I wanted to do was pick him up and hold him, but I wasn't allowed.

"It was the worst feeling ever."

The attack took place on Saturday when Joshua was at his grandparents' farm in Andoversford, near Cheltenham.

"Joshua was stroking the sheep dog, Rossie, when he jumped up and latched onto his face. Rossie pulled him to the ground and wouldn't release him," Miss Mann said. "His dad and others ran over and started punching the dog to get him to let go," she added.

Joshua was taken to the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where he underwent two operations to repair the damage to his face. On Friday morning he underwent a third operation.

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