Olive Press takes brave Sacha for a special day out
STANDING on the pitch with the entire Marbella football team, it is hard to imagine little Sacha Simonnet was on a life support machine just a month ago.
Savaged by his pet rottweilers, the four-year old is just lucky to be alive.
The two family dogs had jumped over a fence as he played in the front garden of his home in Alhaurin.
It took his sister Chavella and a family friend five minutes to drag the dogs off leaving him with hundreds of stitches to his neck, head and face.
The attack was so fierce he broke two vertebrae in his spine which had to be repaired by taking bone from his hip.
He also had to have a metal plate inserted into the right hand side of his spine.
By incredible fortune the dogs missed his jugular vein by millimetres.
He was rushed to hospital where he spent five days on a life support machine.
Sasha’s mother Lisa told the Olive Press: “We were terrified he would not recover. It was the most awful moment.
“We are so grateful to all the hospital staff for their kindness and attention. They were absolutely fantastic”.
The full time mother added: “Luckily he’ll make a full recovery in time and he’s already asking to go back to see his mates at school”.
She continued: “We still can’t understand what happened. It wasn’t a hot day, we had no inkling that the dogs would attack.”
In a bid to cheer up the lad, who only got out of hospital last week, the Olive Press contacted Marbella Football Club’s Chief Executive Ian Radford to see if he could help.
Radford, who bought the club last season, insisted that Sacha should be the club mascot for a game and gave him a full Marbella strip to meet the team.
Sacha, who will be five on November 11, was then treated to an exciting 2-2 draw with UD Puertollano.
Coming onto the pitch with the team, he was warmly applauded and happily shook hands with the President, coach and captain of U.D Marbella.
“We all hope he makes a full and swift recovery,” said Radford.