Daunting Medical Bills
Polk County, FL - On December 11, 2008, 6-year-old Justin Cutrer was attacked by two pit bulls while playing in his front yard. His father told reporters, "I was worried he was going to die on us because his head was so badly torn apart that it just looked like they had crushed his skull." Justin was flown to Tampa General Hospital where doctors had to partially reattach his ear, close bite wounds on his back and thigh and sew large tears in his scalp with many stitches.
YouTube artist Zupf created a powerful video about Justin Cutrer and warns viewers about the unpredictable nature of a pit bull.
The family created a website (www.help-justin.com) that tells Justin's unforgettable story through photos and text. The website states beneath an image showing Justin's stitched up scalp, "This description is very graphic and disturbing...but this is the reality." Justin's parents want to share his story in the hope that it may save another family from suffering his same tragedy. They also emphasize that the pit bulls were the neighbor's "family pets."
"They had never attacked anyone before and Justin had even played with these dogs in the past. THE DOGS WERE FAMILIAR WITH JUSTIN. This was not an attack of a stranger attempting to enter their yard. The dogs escaped their enclosure and crossed the street to attack a child that they knew!
Please, please think twice before needlessly exposing any child to this kind of danger. It only takes a few seconds for pit bulls to inflict this kind of damage. And it only takes ONE TIME!
Justin will have to endure many more medical procedures, therapy and surgeries. His long road to recovery is only beginning. The medical bills will be astronomical. Even with health insurance, the deductibles and co-pays will be impossible to afford."
According to the January news article, the pit bull owners were not charged.
Justin Cutrer Fund
The family asks that funds be donated to the Help-Justin PayPal account. All donations will go toward Justin's medical expenses, which are substantial.
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