Toddler has his head accidentally run over by his mother’s car…but somehow survives
THIS is the heart-stopping moment a toddler is accidentally run over by a car driven by his mother – but incredibly jumps up seconds later suffering from minor injuries.
CCTV shows two-year-old Kaue run in front of the vehicle which knocks him over and as he is dragged underneath, the front right wheel goes over his head. He lies sprawled on the ground for a couple seconds then leaping up, he dusts himself down quickly and runs into the garage.
The incident happened in the city of Luis Eduardo Magalhaes, west Brazil, as mum Rita de Cássia Moreira arrived home from shopping and drove into the family’s garage to park.
“I didn’t see Kaue run up to greet me, he was hidden in front of the bonnet” said Moreira. “Even so I wasn’t expecting him. I simply pressed the button to open the garage door, kept on driving and turned in to park.”
It was only when she looked back to see if the garage door was closing that Kaue’s mum realised she had just run over her son.
Moreira recalled: “It happened so fast and I’m still in shock from the memory. He came running up to me after the accident, crying and trying to explain the car had hurt him.
“I was horrified that I could have nearly killed my child. But God was present and he put his hand in front of Kaue and prevented anything terrible from happening.
“We’re amazed and truly thankful that he is alright,” she added.
According to dad, Marcifranci Oliveira Lopes, who runs a car body repair workshop with his wife, their young son was playing near the workshop in front of the house last Sunday afternoon.
“He is a very active child, never keeps still and is forever running around. He must have seen his mum driving up and before I realised it, he had scampered off to meet her,” said Lopes.
“When we played back the recording on our home security camera, all I could say was ‘Oh my God’. We watched the accident unfold before our eyes and realised just how close we came to losing our son.”
Kaue was rushed to Barreiras hospital where he underwent a battery of tests, X-rays, and a CT scan to assess the level of damage. Doctors expressed surprise that apart from needing six stitches in the back of his head and suffering bruising across his forehead from the tyre marks as well as minor injuries to his right arm which had to be bandage, the infant was largely unharmed.
However, he was kept in hospital for several days for observation and further evaluation by a neurologist.
“It’s amazing there was nothing wrong with him. But then I could tell, because Kaue never once complained of any pain. And he has hardly cried since,” said Moreira who has an older daughter from a previous relationship and a step-daughter from her husband.
Kaue was discharged on Tuesday afternoon.
“We still have nightmares from the memory of the accident,” said Kaue’s dad. “You hear about this happening to others and it ending in a tragedy. We feel blessed that our son was miraculously spared.”
Barreiras police was contacted by SunOnline. An officer said as the child had suffered minor injuries in the accident and was expected to make a full recovery, they would not be investigating further or pressing any charges