The child has undergone multiple surgeries since the incident six years ago. After the recent surgery, Ryder said, "he wanted no more," his mom said.
Ryder Wells has lived through more tragedy at an extremely young age than people endure in their lifetime.
He was just 21 months old when he was mauled by two 100-pound rottweilers, leaving him irreversibly scarred despite 50 surgeries to repair his face, reports The Mirror. The child lost the entirety of his right cheek, the bottom eyelid, and 75 percent of his lips. His teeth were crushed, and he also broke his arm and punctured his right lung.
Brittany Nicole, Wells' mother, and a teaching assistant told the outlet how people around the child reacted to his disfigured face after the attack. Strangers walking in the street have made cruel comments about Wells' appearance and his peers have dubbed him as a "monster" in the playground. She further said, "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. When we go to the park, there's a child who points and screams 'monster' at him before running away."
Perhaps you remember Ryder wells? He was mauled by dogs two plus years ago and is still recovering. Tonight we’re talking to the owner of a Clayton BBQ restaurant about he’s doing to help this family. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/bd1QEDYwId— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) June 1, 2018
She also said that one day they went shopping and somebody said, "ew" after looking at the child. "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," she said.
However, Wells has been fighting really hard for his well-being. His mother said, "But he is such a fighter, he doesn't let anything hold him back." He was attacked by the dog, which belonged to a family friend, back in 2015. He was airlifted into the hospital and went into surgery for 14 hours. The dogs were taken by animal control and were put down the same day.
Doctors had little hope for Wells but despite all hardships, the child pulled through the severe injuries. He attended pre-school and kindergarten and learned to eat and drink.
Boy, 5, whose face was ripped off by rottweilers is called ‘monster’ in playgroundhttps://t.co/YEE3bq17Yv— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) July 17, 2020
He is currently attending third grade while going through multiple surgeries over the last two years, according to the GoFundMe page created for financial help. Wells recently went through a bone graft surgery on the 24th of June, which also aimed to lift his eyes. His mother shared on the campaign page that the surgery was successful but he has a lot of difficulty in recovery. Brittany wrote, "I can tell his eyes are definitely more even! He had lots of emotions after this surgery and said he wanted no more!"
She shared that they will have to wait for a couple of years after going through another surgery. Brittany is speaking up to raise awareness about the consequences of bullying on those who have facial disfigurements. She told The Mirror, "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. But I just tell him every day that he's beautiful, different is beautiful and it's ok to be different."
She said that they work on reassuring Wells that there will always be people who will be unkind to him. She added, "You always want your kid to be accepted and to fit in. Just because he's different, it doesn't make him less of a person."
Cover Image Source: GoFundMe/Help With Healing for Ryder