Ryder Wells does not pay attention to the people who make fun of him but he is constantly mocked by adults and children.
Content warning: This story contains details of bullying and an animal attack that readers may find disturbing
Name-calling and bullying are things that can affect a child even as he or she grows into adults. Moreover, these kinds of experiences force them to feel ashamed of who they are or what they look like. One innocent 5-year-old is a victim of such an attack. Getting bullied is a daily occurrence for him and the helpless boy is left sad and heartbroken.
According to Mirror Online, little Ryder Wells was just 21 months old when he got attacked by two 100-pound rottweilers. The attack was so severe that it left the child with irreversible injuries. He lost his bottom eyelids, suffered a broken arm and a puncture in the right lung, lost his right cheek, and about 74% of his bottom lips. Additionally, his teeth also got crushed.
Though about 50 reconstructive surgeries were done, his face was left permanently disfigured. His face has made him a constant victim of bullying. His mother, Brittany stated that her son was often called a "monster" by people and was often stared at by both adults and children.
"In the beginning, it was horrible because even adults would stare. For the first year, he had no face on one side because he had two unsuccessful skin grafts," said the mother. She then stated that there were kids who ran away from him just because of his face.
"When we go to the park, there's a child who points and screams 'monster' at him before running away," said the distraught mother.
She even claimed there were people who were not hesitant to comment on his looks in public. "Out shopping the other day someone shouted 'ew' at him," revealed the mother. However, Brittany said that her little man was not one of those people who gave up easily. Despite the snide remarks, Wells doesn't let the dislike get to him. "It's hard and it breaks my heart as a parent that after everything he's been through, people aren't always nice over something he can't help, But he is such a fighter, he doesn't let anything hold him back," said the mother.
According to Daily Mail, the Wells attack happened in 2015. His mother recalled the horrific day that occurred while they were visiting a family friend. "It happened so quickly. We were eating breakfast and Ryder was back and forth to his toys and back for bacon then he disappeared," said the mother.
She continued, "I looked out of the window and he was face down in the garden. He had pajamas on and they'd been completely ripped off so he just had a sleeve on. When we picked him up and rolled him, his face was just gone. He'd been around the dogs before and they'd been fine so I don't know what happened."
Moments after the accident, the child was airlifted to the hospital. He underwent a 14-hour surgery despite the medics thinking the boy wouldn't survive. Post-surgery, the toddler took one step at a time, learning to eat, drink, and even attending school. Even the doctors that treated him did not believe he could make it.
"The doctors said they would do what they could but we weren't expecting him to make it. They said it's a miracle that he's still here because he was so small and the injuries were so severe. He had to have a tracheostomy because of the punctured lung and they thought that the dogs had bitten so far into his skull that he would be paralyzed," said the mother.
Meanwhile, Wells still needs to undergo more procedures by the time he matures. The family has started a Go Fund Me page asking others to help them support their son's treatments.
On the other hand, Brittany is happy that her son does not listen to the negativity around him.
"He knows that people are talking about him but he doesn't say much. He wears glasses and a cap and sometimes he'll hang his head to hide his face. I try to deal with it in a better manner so it doesn't affect him so much," said the mother, according to Mirror Online.
As a mother, she supports him and gives him the confidence to thrive in a world that is insensitive to him. "I just tell him every day that he's beautiful, different is beautiful and it's ok to be different." She is also trying to raise awareness against bullying.