The family of a nine-year-old boy who suffered life-changing injuries following a pit bull attack have welcomed him home from hospital and admitted: "The nightmare is over, today is a dream for us."
Alejandro Mizsan spent seven weeks in hospital after the dog – which was later put down – tore off his bottom lip, mauled each of his cheeks and injured his body and legs.
He was not expected to return to the family home in the small Irish town of Enniscorthy for a few more weeks, but medics from Crumlin Children's Hospital were happy to discharge him early and his older brother Raul told the Irish Mirror: "We're just very happy to have him home here. He's just a very brave boy.
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"He's delighted to be home too. It's very emotional. I never felt like how I felt today just to have my brother back home. The nightmare is over. Today is a dream for us."
Alejandro was playing on the green of his estate with some friends when a crazed pit bull attacked him on November 27.
He was subsequently airlifted to Dublin for treatment
More than €178,000 (£157,300) has already been raised in a GoFundMe appeal for Alejandro.
Raul, who recently got a tattoo in honour of his younger brother, went on to explain how the family have endured a traumatic time since the incident, with Alejandro having to spend Christmas and New Year in hospital.
But they are "very grateful" it did not claim his life and they are now aiming to integrate him back into normal day-to-day things before he undergoes more surgery.
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Social care worker Raul explained: "I didn't have my words to describe how thankful I was that he was alive when it happened. And now I can't find any to say how happy we are that he's back.
"Every time he looks up, we all remember what happened but we have to get used to it, to live with it. He's a brave, brave fighter."
Asked about how mum Otilia was doing, Raul said: "She's not in a very good mood and she's not in a very good place mentally. But just the fact that we can see him at home, it gives us hope.
"We have to go everywhere with him, he has such a long road ahead of him."
Once his scars have healed, Alejandro will then undergo yet more surgery for his bottom lip as well as the scars left behind from the attack.
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