Sunday 15 December 2019

Child model Cameron (10) left ‘terrified of big dogs’ after vicious attack

The young boy opens up about the ordeal in first TV interview

Cameron before (left) and after his injuries
Cameron before (left) and after his injuries
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The young boy who was mauled by a dog while out playing has spoken about his horrific ordeal for the first time.

Cameron Lynch (10) was with friends near his grandmother’s house, at Drumalee in Dublin, when he was attacked by a husky.

Cameron underwent emergency surgery at Temple Street Children's Hospital
Cameron underwent emergency surgery at Temple Street Children's Hospital

He suffered severe injuries to his face and was rushed to Temple Street Hospital, where he underwent emergency corrective surgery.

He had been due to model on TV3’s Ireland AM the day after the attack.

Speaking to Mark Cagney and Sinead Desmond on the show this morning, Cameron and his mother Jacqueline relive the ‘shocking’ event.

“The big dog just went for me – you know the way they just show you the teeth. Then he just went for me and grabbed my face,” said Cameron.

“[The blood] was all dripping down on to my shoe. I knew that was bad because loads of blood was coming out of my face.”

A neighbour who witnessed the event helped at the scene and called an ambulance for the injured boy.

At the hospital, Cameron said that the staff told him that he was “very lucky – I’m probably the luckiest child ever.”

Cameron comes from a dog-loving family, who have previously owned a Staffordshire terrier and a Rottweiler, and had gone into a garden to pet the two dogs.

Cameron, who is a child model, was 'lucky not to lose an eye', his mother said
Cameron, who is a child model, was 'lucky not to lose an eye', his mother said

After the attack, however, mum Jacqueline said that Cameron is now “terrified of big dogs”.

“We went to the police station and met the dog unit and [Cameron] just hid behind me.”

And the recent incident wasn’t the first time that Cameron had been injured at Drumalee and his mum thought “not again” when she heard the recent news.

“Cameron was knocked down when he was 18 months old and he’d a bad laceration to his head and his ear and broken femur as well,” said Jacqueline. 

However, Cameron maintains that he is now well on the road to recovery – and the surprise recorded message at the interview may have helped.

“I’m very sorry for what happened Cameron but I’m sure you’re on the road to recovery,” said Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane on behalf of the entire team.

“I’m sure you’ll be back modelling for Ireland AM in no time.”

At the end of the show, Mark presented Cameron with a signed Ireland jersey from Robbie and the rest of the Irish team.

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