NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - An older brother is being hailed a hero. His quick thinking saved his younger brother from a vicious dog attack in a Biloxi neighborhood. The consequence of Jaxon Ronsonet's actions has left him with a life-changing amputation.
Just one day after what the family said should be his final surgery, Jaxon's mother, Tiffany Ronsonet, said she's forever grateful for her son's bravery.
"I always will be grateful for the fact that he saved his baby brother, because if the dog would have attacked the baby like he did Jaxon, the baby we know for a fact would have been a fatal outcome," said Ronsonet.
Jaxon, 15, has called a New Orleans hospital room home for the past two weeks. After five surgeries, doctors decided an infection in his left leg caused by the attack was too severe. They decided to remove his left leg up to his knee.
"I don't think his pain was as high as it's been until he had the amputation procedure. Most of the pain he's experiencing is actually called phantom pain. He is hurting in a foot that isn't even there anymore," said Ronsonet.
Ronsonet said she's still processing the dog attack that left both her sons injured.
"I was trying to get into the shower, and I heard just screaming. An ungodly, unholy type of screaming. I thought another animal was being attacked at first," said Ronsonet.
When the screaming didn't stop, Ronsonet ran outside to find Jaxon on the ground with a pit bull latched onto his leg.
"His legs were mangled. I could see inside of his leg. I could see his bones, arteries, his muscles, and tendons, what was left of them. He was in a lot of pain," said Ronsonet.
Despite all the pain Jaxon endured, Ronsonet said her oldest son would never turn away from helping his baby brother, Bentley.
"He's got the attitude like, 'Well, I did what I had to do, and I'll just have to deal with the consequences.' He is a real little hero and a real trooper," said Ronsonet.
Since the ordeal, get well cards have been pouring in from Jaxon's classmates, teachers, and principals.
"The outpouring of support that my boys have received from the community and from everybody that knows about this story has just been amazing," said Ronsonet.
Bentley, 5, was the first to get attacked by the dog, but Jaxon swiftly picked him up and put him on top of a trash can. Bentley suffered a few cuts to his foot, cheek, and bottom.
The dog was euthanized.
As for Jaxon, doctors are recommending he receive inpatient rehabilitation before heading home, where he'll still need an IV and home healthcare.
If you are interested in helping the family, you can visit their GoFundMe page.