LITTLE battler Keiron Guess could today set eyes on his parents for the first time since he was mauled by a crazed dog.
The two-year-old has been in an induced coma at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children since undergoing 10 hours of surgery to reconstruct his face following the horrific attack by a Staffordshire Bull terrier-type dog in a neighbour’s garden on Sunday.
Police were called and after a search seized the dog, which was later destroyed, while the tot, whose left ear and nose were severed in the attack, was airlifted to hospital.
But after a procedure yesterday afternoon doctors decided they will try to bring him out of the coma and see if he can breathe on his own, his grandad Shaun Leonard said.
Keiron’s parents Anthony, 23, and pregnant Stacey, 22, have been by his bedside throughout and are said to be buoyed by the news of his recovery.
Shaun said: “The swelling has gone down a lot around his eye. It was really, really puffy and they think there is some blood behind it.
“I think they are going to try and wake him up. They said as soon as they do he is going to start feeling pain but they will let him see his mum and dad and then put him back in a coma.
“He is on the mend and everyone is a bit more relieved. His mum and dad have been up there all the time and they need a break really.”
Shaun, who saw Keiron just moments after the attack, said even doctors were surprised at the extent of the toddler’s injuries.
He said: “I’ve never seen anything like it before and even the surgeon who has been doing it for 30 years said that was the worst facial injuries he has ever had to deal with.
“We were told he will have to go to Liverpool to have his ear reattached too but that won’t be for a few months.”
The community has rallied around the family since the incident with several local businesses raising money for them.
The Fox and Hounds pub are planning several events, while the Boundary House pub, just a few streets from where the incident took place, have collected around £200 so far and the Post Office is also collecting money.
Boundary House landlord Dave Howells said: “It was a total shock to hear what happened and we are all parents so it was instinctive to want to do something.
“We are doing it with the Fox and Hounds and the Post Office too and it’s a community thing.”