A FIVE-year-old boy who was scalped in a savage attack by a pack of dogs has undergone reconstructive surgery in the US.
Mickele Allen, 5, was walking home from a candy store in his native country of Jamaica when he was mauled by six Pitbulls and almost died earlier this month. He was transported to New York City for emergency surgery on Saturday.
"He was attacked by six pit bulls," Dr. Evan Garfein, chief of plastic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, told ABC's Eyewitness News.
"He lost a tremendous amount of blood...He was found by his brother with the dogs still attacking him."
The boy was found in a shocking condition, with chunks of flesh torn from his limbs, according to Dr Garfein.
"He had about 50 to 60 per cent of his scalp torn away," he continued.
"Most of his forehead, his left ear, part of his left cheek, major injuries to both arms and both legs."
Dr Garfein organized a $250,000 fundraising drive to bring Mickele to New York within days of hearing about the youngster’s injuries. The top-tier Montefiore Medical Center is ranked among the best hospitals in the US.
Mickele underwent a nine-hour operation at Montefiore the following morning. That operation helped repair much of the damage inflicted by the dogs, but the child still faces multiple skin graft and reconstructive surgeries.
He was initially transferred from the St Ann’s Bay Hospital where he was initially treated, to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew.
His mother, Shereen Antoinette Grindley, told reporters her son was in good spirits.
"I saw him this morning," she said.
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"He is recuperating very fast, he is eating, he is talking, he is just amazing, amazing. I'm so overwhelmed.
"I'm so happy, where he is coming from and where he is now.
"I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you very much."
Meanwhile, three of the dogs believed to have mauled the boy have been detained by the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) with the assistance of the owner and local police.