5-year-old’s ‘ears’ save sister’s life
A five-year-old Whitby boy pulled his sister from behind a reversing car, but says he didn’t save her life – his ears did.
Will Griffiths was eating dinner at home last Monday evening when he heard his dad Jon returning from work.
Little sister Alexandra, 21 months, ran into the garage through a door from the family’s hallway – right into the path of her father’s reversing car.
Will raced after her, grabbed her and banged on the car boot to alert his father.
‘‘I heard the car come in,’’ Will says.
‘‘When Dad was coming in the garage from work Alex went in the garage and I came in before Dad – he was going to run her over.’’
Mum Joanne was in the kitchen, and realised what Alexandra was doing just as Will pulled her from the path of the car.
‘‘I was preparing dinner. I just heard Will shout, ‘Alex!’’’ she says.
‘‘It was just such quick thinking on his part.’’
Will realises his actions were heroic, but says it was his ears that saved his sister, Joanne says.
‘‘He said, ‘I saved my sister’s life but it wasn’t me, it was my ears, I heard the door open’.’’
Both of Will’s parents say he is unusually protective of his little sister.
There was no lock on the door between the family’s garage and hallway, but one is to be installed.
‘‘I don’t even want to think what could have happened,’’ Joanne says. ‘‘It’s just such a wake-up call.’’ Will’s friends at Adventure School congratulated him on his heroism and the rescue was the main topic of conversation among parents at the school gates, Joanne says.
Will’s dad Jon says he wouldn’t have seen Alexandra until it was too late.
‘‘It happened quite quickly,’’ he says.
‘‘It was really lucky.’’