West Ham pit bull victim, 7, reunited with hero

A football-mad youngster savaged by a pit bull has been reunited with the stranger who saved his life.

Jack Wellstead, seven, suffered horrific injuries when he was attacked while playing with friends near his home in Napier Road, West Ham.

Youth worker Lawal Alhadi, 29, heard his screams as he returned from visiting his grandmother.

He broke down the door of the flat before pulling Jack away from the animal, which has since been destroyed.

Jack has received weeks of intensive treatment at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel since the January 15 attack but �returned to �Ranelagh Primary School, West Ham, full-time last week.


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To celebrate his recovery, the Recorder �arranged with West Ham United for the pair – both avid Irons fans – to attend a match �together at Upton Park.

They went on Saturday as the team beat Stoke City 3-0.

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Lawal, who works for the care charity Community Links, said: “Jack absolutely loved it.

“The stewards sorted it for him to get right up by the dugout for a bit and he had a really good view of the players. It was a great day out and a great �result.”

Jack’s mother, meals-on-wheels worker Victoria Devlin, 43, said: “Jack is healing nicely where he was stitched up, but he’s still having to see a consultant and he’s still got the scars.

“The school have been really good. They knew the circumstances and they’ve given him leeway and really helped him out.

“We would like to thank everyone �involved for giving Jack a special day.”

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