Doctors: Pit bull's tooth found in bone during surgery was cause of teen's infection

Doctors: Pit bull's tooth found in bone during surgery was cause of teen's infection

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was hard to hear her son's leg had to be amputated, but that's what surgeons at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans told Tiffany Ronsonet they had to do. The mother of the two boys attacked by a pit bull in their Biloxi neighborhood was in tears as she talked about her son's current condition.

"They amputated his left leg and cut it just below the knee. He is still in recovery and receiving his blood transfusion. He is sleeping comfortable and is heavily sedated," said Ronsonset after her son's surgery Friday evening.

She said during the operation surgeons were able to find the source of the infection in his leg - the pit bull's tooth lodged in the bone in his left leg. Ronsonet said as a result of the infection, the bone was dead.

"They told us they feel confident that they were able to remove all of the infection, but we won't know for sure until Sunday," said Ronsonet. "He is on the schedule for another surgery on Sunday to clean and cover the wound at the amputation site on his leg."

Ronsonet said doctors expect to discharge Jaxon in two weeks. He'll have to continue receiving antibiotics through an IV and will need home health care. But even then he'll still have a long road to recovery. Jaxon won't be able to be fitted for a prosthetic leg for at least three to six months.

Since the attack, a South Mississippi company called Quick Care Patent Metal owned by Keith Wade has stepped up and offered to build his prosthetic leg free of charge. Jaxon's mother said since his health insurance was never reinstated this year, he has none. She is working with an insurance agency to reinstate his coverage.

If you are interested in helping the family you can visit their Go Fund Me page here: They hope to raise $10,000 for Jaxon's medical bills. So far they've collected about $3,000 in pledges.

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