We all say we'd do anything for our children, and I think we mean it. Sometimes, however, anything gets pretty extreme, and I'm not sure all of us would be able to do what 41-year-old Luis Brignoni did for his son on Friday.
The 11-year-old, Fernando Brignoni, was outside playing when he put his hand through the cage of one of the family's pet dogs, "Sassy". The dog bit his finger, and while his 13-year-old brother started hitting the dog over the head, by the time she let go, Fernando's entire pinky finger was gone, swallowed by the dog.
It's the stuff of parenting nightmares. The blood is flowing, the kid is likely screaming, and you're stuck in a mixture of shock and horror knowing you have to be the adult and do something.
Well, Luis did something, all right.
According to the Miami Herald, the Florida father, "rushed out to this fenced backyard with a gun and killed the dog, cut its stomach open, and retrieved the digit, carefully sending it with his bleeding son aboard a helicopter to a St. Petersburg hospital."
Damn. Unfortunately doctors weren't able to reattach the boy's finger, but he's doing well. Luis told the paper he acted on instinct.
You don’t know what you will do for your child. You don’t know where you get the strength from. I said, "I’ve got to go find the finger." I got my gun and I popped him.
Luis is clearly heartbroken over what he had to do to the dog, who they had since she was a puppy, but he knew he had to put the boy first. I'm sure there are some who will say what he did was wrong. That the dog shouldn't have been killed, and that the kid can live fine without a pinky. While that may be true, it certainly will present some challenges, and shouldn't we all do whatever we can to eliminate these kinds of major challenges from our children's lives? Dogs are like members of our family, but children's lives and well-being should always come first.
I don't know that I would have had the guts to shoot and disembowel any dog to get my kid's finger, or the ability to think that quickly. However, I admire this man for doing what he thought best for his son in the heat of the crisis.
Do you think this man did the right thing to get his son's pinky finger?
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