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Boy, 6, stable after dog attack

By Deng Jingyin (Global Times)

10:54, September 13, 2012

The boy lies in bed at the General Hospital of Armed Police Forces Wednesday. (Global Times Photo))

A 6-year-old boy is in stable condition after being attacked by at least eight stray dogs, the General Hospital of Armed Police Force confirmed Wednesday.

The boy, surnamed Hu, was bitten by the dogs in his backyard in Tian village, Haidian district, around 10 am Sunday, resulting in severe injuries to his head and limbs.

"He had nearly 50 wounds on his body. The boy must have another surgery to his leg soon, but the injury may affect his movements in the future," said Meng Xiangxi, the doctor in charge of the boy's case.

Doctors are most worried about whether he was infected with the rabies virus, which can incubate for a long time in the human body, said Meng.

"Although the boy was vaccinated in hospital, it's hard to keep him safe from rabies, since the wounds were not cleaned immediately after the accident, until they came to the hospital," He said.

The boy was in shock when he arrived, said Meng.

The boy's father, a porter from Henan Province working at an electronics supplier in Tongzhou district, said that at least eight dogs jumped on his son, pushed him to the ground, and started biting him. When the boy's grandmother rushed out to rescue him, he had lost consciousness and was covered in blood.

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