Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ryder Wells, now 4, is going to Walt Disney World with his family and will celebrate his fifth birthday on Tuesday

By Caitlin Keating
January 30, 2019 02:00 PM

Almost three years after Ryder Wells survived a horrific attack by two dogs in North Carolina, he was given a dose of good news.

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 4-year-old Wells is going to Walt Disney World with his family and will celebrate his fifth birthday on Tuesday, according to ABC 7.

“We are extremely grateful and appreciative super, super, super, super, excited,” his mom, Brittany Wells, told the news outlet. “It doesn’t feel real yet.”

A GoFundMe page was also created to help the family. According to the page, Wells was 22-months-old when two Rotweillers attacked him on Thanksgiving. The young boy has since had over 40 surgeries and has spent over 70 hours in the operating room.

“He almost lost his life,” said Brittany. “He completely lost the left side of his face, along with many other injuries. And so over the past three years, we’ve completely worked on reconstructing his face and get his skin back on.”

Brittany told the news outlet that the timing for the trip is perfect because he has time before his next surgery in July that will help repair his cheek.

“We are just going to let Ryder be Ryder and get the good break that I’m ready for, and I know he is too,” said Wells.

In 2015, Wells told ABC 11 that she didn’t think her son was going to make it.

“He was just laying there,” recalled Brittany, who added that Ryder had crawled through the dog door in the kitchen and into the backyard with the dogs. “It is replayed like a broken record in my head, what I could have done what I didn’t do.”

The family’s friend, Amber, who owned the dogs, told ABC 11 how guilty she feels.

“I blame myself all the time because it was my dog,” she said while crying. “This could happen to anybody. I’m a dog lover, always have been, but right now I am questioning the average dog. It’s hard not to.”