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Six-year-old who saved sister from dog gets messages of praise from Chris Evans, other stars

A six-year-old protected his sister by "standing between her and a charging dog", which resulted in him receiving 90 stitches after being bitten on his face. Now the actors who played Captain America and Hulk in the Avengers movies have sent him messages of praise.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 19, 2020 8:50:59 pm
boy save sister dog attack, captain america boy dog attack, avenger cast reach out boy saved dog attack, viral news, good news, indian express The sweet video message from Chris Evans is winning hearts online. (nicolenoelwalker/ Instagram, AP)

A boy, who is being hailed as a ‘hero’ for saving his little sister from a dog, has been receiving a lot of praise, but what made his day were messages from actor Chris ‘Captain America’ Evans, Robert Downey, Jr. and other actors who’ve played superheroes.

After the accident earlier this month, six-year-old Bridger’s aunt Nikki Walker posted a picture of him on Instagram, and wrote about how the boy had suffered injuries to his face.

“Hey, all. Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes. On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe,” she wrote in the post.

“He later said, ‘If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.’ After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home,” she wrote. “We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks.”

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Hey, all. Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes. On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans EDIT: I just finished visiting with Bridger at his home. His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact. He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him. I’d also like to mention here that the dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident. EDIT 2: Once again we’re blown away by the amazing comments and messages that Bridger’s receiving. I’ve had lots of inquiries about a GoFundMe. Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp. Bridger is also a huge fan of Science, especially Geology. So I’m going to start a post where people can share with him pictures of cool rocks that they see. EDIT 3: Once again, everyone’s kindness has meant so much to us. I’m trying to get to all of the messages that I can, but it may take some time. For those who have inquired about sending Bridger some rocks, we are so thankful. However, we are asking that those inspired by Bridger to do something kind for another person in Bridger’s honor.

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In response, Evans recorded a special message for the six-year-old in which the actor praised the boy for his bravery, and promised to send him an authentic Captain America shield.

“Pal, you’re a hero, what you did was so brave, so selfless — your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you,” Evans said in the recorded message. Later, Robert Downey, Jr., who plays Iron Man also sent a message to the little boy calling him a “Rockstar”.

Bridger’s aunt shared a video of him watching the video while wearing a Captain America suit.

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There are no words. We are so, so thankful.

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Other Hollywood stars including Mark Ruffalo, who played Hulk in the Avengers movies, wrote a heartfelt message for him.

“People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart,” Ruffalo wrote.

Other actors who’ve played superheroes – like Robbie Amell (who plays Firestorm on TV show The Flash), Brie Larson (who plays Captain Marvel in the Marvel films), and Grant Gustin (who plays the Flash on The CW) – were among those who sent messages of support for Bridger.

In an update, his aunt wrote that the boy is recovering well.

“His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact. He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him,” she wrote.

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Have y’all noticed that I have no idea what I’m doing yet? #UmmmIAccidentallyWentViral? When I first posted for Bridger, I expected maybe 500 likes at most and maybe a couple dozen reshares. But here we are. So much love from all walks of life (including a few celebs)! And we just got off a call with a friendly neighborhood idol. (Pic is of Bridger’s reaction right after the call.) Bridger is over the moon! Can’t wait to show him what’s next: a message from some guy who doesn’t like bullies. Gotta wait for the stardust to clear from his eyes first, though. Mission accomplished, everyone! We can’t thank you enough. #BridgerStrong EDIT: I feel like I should also mention that Bridger has also loved all of the other videos and messages I’ve shown him from all of you. We might not be able to get to everyone right away, but your messages are no less appreciated.

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She also defended the owners of the dog that had attacked the child.

“The dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident,” she wrote.

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