Family of Vicksburg boy mauled by dog warns parents - - Jackson, MS

Family of Vicksburg boy mauled by dog warns parents

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A life threatening dog attack, surgery and nearly 70 stitches, but Jack Gaines acts like any other happy 22 month old.

Blair E. Batson doctors were so pleased with his recovery they let Jack go home on Easter Sunday, only 4 days after he was admitted to ICU.

"He was walking around with other kids, finding eggs. It's just a miracle," said Jack's father Brad Gaines.

Wednesday, March 31st Jack was playing in the yard when his grandmother's six year old Black Mouth Cur attacked.  In a matter of seconds, the toddler's head was in the dog's jaws.

"It could have been a lot worse. I mean we're blessed because it could have been worse," said Jack's mother Robin Causey.

The dog has been euthanized.  Jack and his parents have moved out of the grandmother's home and are living with another relative.  Doctors question whether Jack's left eye will ever be able to open all the way.  His parents offer a warning to other families.

"They need to be aware of what animals can do to little babies in two seconds.  Go from my curly headed bright smiling beautiful little boy to stitches in his head and him not opening one eye," said Causey. "I really don't want any other parents to go through what we're going through.  I would never wish this on anyone in the world."

Jack Gaines returns to Blair E. Batson Tuesday where doctors will decide whether he needs to undergo another surgery to fix his eye.  A fund has been set at Regions Bank in Jack Gaines name to help his family.

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