A 6-year-old boy has been hailed tremendously by many after he bravely fought off a dog to protect his kid sister  and ended up needing 90 stitches to his face.

Bridger Walker’s aunt, Nikki Walker, shared details of the attack on Instagram. She wrote on July 9 that Bridger saw the dog approach his sister and deliberately stood in front of her. The dog attacked Bridger instead, biting the side of the boy’s face and head, the aunt said.

“My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister,” the Instagram caption read.

Despite being injured, Nikki said Bridger grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her “to keep her safe.”

Nikki’s Instagram post included photos of the siblings and Bridger following the attack, with bruises and multiple stitches across his face.

Nikki said that when she asked Bridger why he stepped in front of the dog, he told her that “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.”

“We love our brave boy,” she wrote. As of Wednesday afternoon, the post has received more than half a million likes.

Nikki said Bridger was treated by a “skilled plastic surgeon” following the attack and is now recovering at home.

“His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact,” Nikki said in an update to her post. “He can’t smile too widely yet but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him.”

Nikki also updated concerned users with information regarding the dog involved in the attack.

“The dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and — if anything — there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident,” she wrote.

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