Bridger Walker, um menino de 6 anos do estado de Wyoming (EUA) virou um pequeno herói na internet depois que sua tia divulgou em um post de Instagram que ele levou 90 pontos no rosto e cabeça após proteger sua irmã do ataque de um cão na última quinta-feira (9).
Segundo a tia, Nikki, o menino se colocou entre o cachorro e a irmã quando os dois passeavam pela rua. Após levar várias mordidas no rosto e na cabeça, ele pegou a irmã pela mão e os dois fugiram.
Para a família, Bridger disse depois que protegeu a menina por que “se fosse para alguém morrer, que fosse ele”. Veja abaixo o post que viralizou, com várias fotos dos irmãos juntos.
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Hey, all. Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes. On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans EDIT: I just finished visiting with Bridger at his home. His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact. He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him. I’d also like to mention here that the dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident. EDIT 2: Once again we’re blown away by the amazing comments and messages that Bridger’s receiving. I’ve had lots of inquiries about a GoFundMe. Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp. Bridger is also a huge fan of Science, especially Geology. So I’m going to start a post where people can share with him pictures of cool rocks that they see. EDIT 3: Once again, everyone’s kindness has meant so much to us. I’m trying to get to all of the messages that I can, but it may take some time. For those who have inquired about sending Bridger some rocks, here’s the address to use: Bridger Walker P.O. Box 22141 Cheyenne, WY 82003 #BridgerStrong
No post, Nikki diz que o menino é fã de filmes de super-herói e pede para que atores que fizeram os Vingadores mandem mensagens de apoio para ele. E como a história se espalhou, o pedido foi atendido.
O ator Mark Ruffalo, que interpreta o Hulk, escreveu uma resposta para Bridger, dizendo que “pessoas que colocam o bem estar dos outros acima do seu são as pessoas mais corajosas que conheço, eu respeito e admiro sua coragem”.