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Over $25K raised for boy injured while saving siblings from dog attack [Video]



  • Deacon Ashmore, 12, saved his younger siblings from dog attack and got injured.
  • He was brought to the hospital for treatment, underwent a surgery and is recovering now.
  • A GoFundMe campaign was put up to help pay for his medical bills, reaching over $25,000 two days after it was created!

Deacon Ashmore, a 12-year-old Ethiopian boy adopted by a family in Detroit, put his younger siblings before himself when stray dogs appeared and started to attack.

The incident sent the boy to the hospital and caused him to undergo a surgery after two canines viciously mauled him on Monday.

His mother, Elisabeth Ashmore, said he “jumped in front of all the other kids and made sure they could run home really fast before the dogs got them.”

Deacon, his younger siblings — two sisters aged seven and nine, and five-year-old brother — and other children were playing when the dogs got loose and motioned towards them. Deacon quickly held the dogs off so his siblings could run.

With a leg badly mauled, Deacon was rushed to Children’s Hospital. His bone was visible given the intensity of the bite. Fortunately, he didn’t have any broken bones.

“He’s going to make a complete recovery and be just fine. He’s home on crutches. It could be a couple of weeks. I’m not even sure how many stitches they ended up putting in.” Peter Ashmore, Deacon’s father, told the Detroit Free Press Wednesday.

The family’s pastor at the Restore Church of Detroit, the church the family has been attending in for years, put up a GoFundMe campaign for his “medical bills which may include physical therapy.”

“Many of you know Deacon Ashmore as a great young man! Deacon proved that Monday evening,” wrote Clete Bontrager, the church pastor who organized the fundraiser on Thursday.

Photo Credit: Uncredited/GoFundMe

As of Friday, over $25,000 was raised for Deacon, with $10,000 as the top donation by an anonymous giver.

“We are so overwhelmed!!! We are so grateful that so many perfect strangers have rallied to support Deacon!” Peter wrote to the Detroit Free Press on Friday about the funds raised.

“He is a bright young man when it comes to his schooling and takes being a big brother seriously. Just an overall lovable young man,” the pastor said and mentioned that the brave young boy loves Marvel’s Avengers and superhero characters and movies.


“God bless your bravery! Your siblings are lucky that you thought so quickly! Get well soon little hero!,” GoFundMe donor Valerie Martinelli wrote and donated $10.

Another donor, Cynthia Dooley who gave $200, said, “This young man is simply heroic. It’s an honor to contribute to this fund.”

Source: MSN