A 7-year-old boy who saved his little sister from a brutal dog attack says that he's "proud" of his scars.
Bridger Walker was left with nasty facial scars after he jumped into action to save his little sister from being attacked by a vicious German Shepard. Bridger, who was 6 at the time of the accident, required ninety stitches to his face. His aunt, Nikki Walker, shared his story online last year and shared that Bridger said: "If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me."
Writing on Instagram, the proud aunt said this: "My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog."
She continued: "He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn't get his sister. He later said, "If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me." He got home from the hospital last night. I know it's a long shot, but I'm reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks."
She then went on to tag a bunch of celebrities, including Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans, who both responded to the story with video messages to the young hero.
Now, a year on from the tragic incident, Bridger's father, Robert Walker spoke to People, telling the outlet about how the 7-year-old and his sister are dealing with the memory.
"My wife and I asked him, 'Do you want it to go away?' And he said, 'I don't want it to go all the way away,'" he said. "Bridger views his scar as something to be proud of, but he also doesn't see it as being representative of his brave act. He just perceives it as, 'I was a brother and that's what brothers do.' It's a reminder that his sister didn't get hurt, and that she is okay.
"It almost bothers him sometimes when he's called a hero, because he [thinks], 'Maybe I could have done more to shield her,'" he added.
Ever since the story went viral, it's not just celebrities that have been reaching out. Strangers have also left comments and letters for the family, but of course, there have been some stand-out moments, most notably, the moment that Captain America himself reached out.
"It was certainly unexpected when everything went viral," Robert says. "It is not something we'd ever want to relive, but the light certainly outshone the darkness by exponential degrees."
"Chris Evans, his video was amazing and he sent the shield. Bridger couldn't have been more delighted," he continues. "When he talked to Tom Holland, he was probably the most starstruck because that was a live call so that one certainly left an impression... His emotional recovery was really a worldwide effort and that was so special to us."
Even though he has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to help repair his face, Bridger is now "proud" of his scars.
"We still have a little bit more work to do on the superficial, redness part of it, but structurally everything looks so much better," his dermatologist, Dr. Bhanusali said. "I always told Robert, 'When Bridger's in junior high or high school, I want this to be a story he tells, not a memory he has to relive every day.' And I think we will have that situation."
Other prominent celebrities have reached out over the year including Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo.
We're just happy to see that Bridger is getting better and hopefully, he'll be fully back to himself soon!