Nan of 9-year-old mauled to death by dog praises medics who tried to save him

The grandmother of a nine-year-old boy who died of multiple bite wounds after being left alone with a dog has praised the paramedics who tried to save him.

Frankie Gray MacRitchie tragically died on April 13 in 2019 after being left alone in a caravan for two hours with an American bulldog/Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

The inquest, which opened today at New County Hall, Truro, heard that Frankie died from severe blood loss caused by the wounds inflicted by the dog.

Paramedics gave Frankie "every chance" of survival, with CPR performed by a first responder but the boy sadly passed away at 5.35am, as reported by PlymouthLive..

Frankie's grandparents, who were staying at the same Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe, Cornwall, were allowed to spend the final moments of Frankie’s life by his side by paramedic, Mr Hicks.

Speaking at the inquest, Frankie's grandmother, Pauline Elford, told Mr Hicks: "We can't thank you enough for the caring and kindness."

She continued: "You brought us some comfort in the darkness by letting us sit with Frankie in his last moments."

Mrs Elford also gave thanks to James Barnett, another of the paramedics on the scene: "We want to thank the gentleman because we didn't have the opportunity to.

She added: "This gentleman put all and everything and beyond to save our grandson and we can never be more thankful for him."

Mr Hicks was also at the inquest to give evidence and explained there were “lots of people” around Frankie and confirmed Frankie’s injuries were from those consistent with a dog attack.

Senior Coroner Andrew Cox also praised the paramedic by saying: "Can I personally say to you and your professional colleagues. I'm most grateful of the efforts you and the entire team made for Frankie.

"It was far from an easy scene and we rather take it for granted that the emergency services deal with these scenes."

Frankie, who attended Riverside Primary School in Plymouth, was left alone with the dog while his mother, Tawney Willis, and her friend Sadie Totterell, the dog's owner, were partying in another caravan on the site.

Willis was jailed for two years, while Totterdell was handed a three year sentence. Totterdell was also banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.

In a statement previously released by Frankie’s dad, Billy MacRitchie, and the family, it said: “As a family we do not want you to remember our boy 'as that little lad that was left alone in that caravan.

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"Frankie was so much more than that, Frankie was everything but that. Most of you who know our boy will know of Frankie's fight. His fight for life, from the young age of five days old he fought to survive

"And my God didn't you fight Frankie."

The inquest has been adjourned until 10am tomorrow.

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