The child’s mother, in the next room, heard a piercing scream then a heavy thud as the four-week-old boy was flung to the floor.
To her horror, when she rushed into her son’s room, she saw that his hand was lodged ‘halfway down the animal’s throat’ and she fought desperately to release him, repeatedly kicking the fox until it eventually let go.
Surgeons later reattached the baby’s finger in an ‘extremely difficult’ but successful three-hour operation. ‘The baby is recovering well,’ said a source.
The child, who is thought to have been asleep when the animal struck, also suffered puncture wounds to the face.
The fox had crept into the house through an open back door, which was apparently awaiting repair by the council.
The horrific attack in suburban Bromley, South-East London, has revived the debate over culling urban foxes, a move supported by Boris Johnson, the capital’s Mayor.
Mr Johnson told The Mail on Sunday: ‘My thoughts are with the baby boy and his family.
'Thankfully this sort of attack, though terrible, is rare, but we must do more to tackle the growing problem of urban foxes.
The baby was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in London by ambulance. By the time it arrived, the baby’s severed finger had turned ‘blue and was cold’ and his mother was ‘hysterical’.
That night the baby was moved to the specialist Evelina Children’s Hospital, part of the St Thomas’ complex, where two plastic surgeons performed microsurgery.
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