Dog attack boy will recover fully, say parents
The parents of a little boy who was mauled by a dog at school are confident he will make a full recovery and insisted they do not blame anyone for the "freak accident".
Jamie Stevenson (5) was bitten on the face by an Alaskan Malamute dog brought in by a teacher at Carniny Primary School in Ballymena as an end of term treat last Friday.
Jamie and his classmates were led into an enclosed part of the playground to pet the canine before it turned on him and bit him on the face. The P1 pupil was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and received 60 stitches for his injuries.
He was discharged and was back home recovering with his family by Monday.
Today, he will visit a medical specialist for a check-up on his progress and to determine the likelihood of his scars healing completely. His father Darwin said: "Nobody is to blame, it was just a freak accident. It may be some years before he is fully healed but I am confident he will make a full recovery because of his age."
Jamie's mother said: "I don't blame the teacher for this at all, she is the loveliest person."