EX­CLU­SIVE: TJ, 4, dodges death af­ter be­ing hit by pick-up 'He needed so many stitches the sur­geon lost count'

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sally Mcdon­ald

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy whose face was vir­tu­ally ripped off af­ter he was dragged un­der a pick-up truck was home from hos­pi­tal to­day.

Re­liv­ing the mo­ment her son Thomas-Jack Craw­ford, known as TJ, be­came trapped un­der the Nis­san 4x4, his shell-shocked mother Kimmy told the Evening Ex­press: “I can still hear his screams. There was blood ev­ery­where.

“TJ was con­scious through­out it all. He re­mem­bers ev­ery­thing.”

Bridge of Don mum Kimmy also told of his mirac­u­lous sur­vival and in­cred­i­ble brav­ery in the face of un­bear­able pain.

She said: “I am so proud of him for get­ting through this. It is a mir­a­cle he sur­vived.”

The young mum only agreed to be in­ter­viewed be­cause of the level of concern shown by the North-east pub­lic and to ex­press her grat­i­tude to the medics and oth­ers who helped him.

She es­pe­cially wanted to con­tact a nurse and a builder who rushed to TJ’s aid dur­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent, on July 20, in a su­per­mar­ket car park on Jes­mond Drive.

Ms Craw­ford had been on a day out with TJ, his lit­tle sis­ter So­phie, aged one, their pals Claire Gor­don and her daugh­ter Han­nah, also aged four, when disas­ter struck.

They were about to cross the pave­ment next to the car park at the store, when TJ crouched be­hind the re­vers­ing truck.

Kimmy said to­day: “I can’t re­ally re­mem­ber it all now but I do re­mem­ber scream­ing and hit­ting the truck and look­ing un­der it.

“TJ’s face was against the ground and his bot­tom was up against the un­der­neath of the truck.

“I was yelling for some­one to call an am­bu­lance. There was blood ev­ery­where.”

She said s a builder from a site nearby rushed to help and a woman shouted that she was a nurse.

“The builder got TJ out and gave him to me,” Kimmy said. “I could see the bone in­side his face. A flap of skin along the whole left side of his face had come off. His ears were ripped and torn apart. The sur­geon later said that he

had needed so many stitches that he had stopped count­ing them af­ter he got to his eye.

“The most amaz­ing thing is with all the in­juries he did not break so much as a nail or a bone. There were tyre marks up his back where the 4x4 went over him.”

An am­bu­lance rushed TJ – who was born three months pre­ma­ture and weigh­ing only 2lb 1/4oz in May 2007 – to Royal Aberdeen Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. Be­cause of the toll his early birth took on his veins, doc­tors strug­gled for 30 min­utes to ad­min­is­ter pain re­lief in­tra­venously.

Kimmy said: “My baby was scream­ing and was cov­ered in blood. In the end they had to get a sur­geon to find a vein.”

TJ spent two days in the high de­pen­dency unit, hav­ing had plas­tic surgery. He was then trans­ferred for a fur­ther

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