Woolly hat ‘saved’ tot savaged by dog which ripped out chunk of his scalp

A woolly hat saved a toddler from being killed in a horror dog attack which ripped flesh from his head.

Paul-Naylass Passmore, two, was helpless against a charging Akita, which bit into his lower back and shook him side like a toy after tearing out a 8 x 5cm chunk from his scalp.

Mum Courtney Jones, 25, was walking Paul-Naylass and his older sister Evelyn-Rose, three, to nursery in South Staffordshire when she was forced to pull them to safety.

Dad James Passmore, 37, believes that the knitted, blue beanie hat Paul-Naylass was wearing that morning, stopped the attacking Akita getting a deadly grip hold of his skull, reports The Sun.

The brave tot was rushed to hospital in an ambulance, with James not too far behind after with his son's torn-off scalp which a neighbour handed to him when he returned home from a bike ride.

James said: "They said it could've been years of surgeries if they couldn't reattach scalp and if had punctured skull.

"Luckily for my son it was the easier option in the end, there was no major damage it was just skin damage, but it doesn't make it right.

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"We believe because he had his woolly hat on, that's what saved him."

"I was in absolute shock to be honest, as I didn't know what the full extent of his injuries were and whose dog had done it and how."

Thanks to the quick thinking of the family's neighbours, a chunk of Paul-Naylass' scalp had been picked up and stored in an ice-filled pink glittery lunchbox for surgeons to reattach.

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The toddler spent four nights in hospital until his release on March 26 once he had an operation to reattach the skin to his scalp, a skin graft and lower back puncture wounds treated.

The dog unit removed the one-year-old Akita to be destroyed.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: "Police were called at 8.20am on Monday 22 March to an address in Wombourne following reports of an unruly dog.

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"Officers attended the property on Elder Grove where a two-year-old boy was reported as being bitten by the animal.

"The child sustained bite injuries to his head and back from the 12-month-old American Akita dog in the communal area of a block of flats.

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"The dog, which was unknown to the child and his parents, was secured by officers at the scene and the owner later agreed for the animal to be seized.

"The child was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he underwent surgery.

"Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter or call 101 quoting incident number 110 of 22 March."

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