Family of boy, 3, whose body was broken by a truck thank those who saved him

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The family of an extraordinary boy who defied the odds when he survived being hit by a truck have thanked ambulance crews for saving his life.

Kai Clayton, 4, who was three at the time, was left fighting for his life on the streets of Clayton, Manchester when he was thrown down the road by a tipper truck in July 2020

Some how brave little Kai recovered from a fractured skull, multiple bleeds on the brain, a broken pelvis, broken femur, five broken ribs, a lacerated liver and trauma to his lung.

Much of that was down to the skill of medical staff that descended on the scene to help Kai, reports the MEN.

A crew from North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) placed Kai in an induced coma at the side of the road, performing a rapid sequence induction (RSI), a procedure to manage his breathing whilst under anaesthetic.

Kai survived but he had to relearn everything from how to walk to talking, and from breathing to just eating and swallowing.

Mum Sarah Clayton, 42, said: “It was such a normal day to begin with.

"We were on the way to pick up a new TV, which Kai was excited about, and leaving the shop he was waiting patiently to cross the road.

"In seconds, everything changed. The truck threw him really far down the road, so at first, I couldn’t see him, just smoke billowing and people running everywhere.

"Someone had moved him to the pavement, where his sister was attempting CPR.

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"She had to stop because she was so upset, and two passer-bys stepped in to help. It felt like forever before someone shouted, ‘He’s breathing!’

"Once the police told me the air ambulance had arrived, I realised how serious the situation was.

"You start preparing yourself for the worst, wondering if Kai and our family would ever be the same again."

Kai's family from Chorlton believe without the speed of doctors and paramedics the outcome that day could have been much different.

She added: "I genuinely believe that without their care at the roadside, Kai wouldn’t have made the incredible recovery he has today.

"Without that treatment, the damage could have been so much worse – physically and emotionally.”

Kai was airlifted to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), where he underwent emergency surgery and spent two weeks in intensive care, before being transferred to another ward for further treatment.

He was discharged three months later in October and has undergone intense physiotherapy ever since which has helped him to talk again with a bit of help from a wheelchair.

Kai's family are now fundraising for the North West Air Ambulance, which is completely charity-funded.

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