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