Boy Remains in ICU After Being Hit by SUV Tuesday

By: Sabrina Zimring Email
By: Sabrina Zimring Email

3-14-07

It was an emotional reunion for Haly Thibodeaux. Wednesday was the first time she has see her brother Joshua since the accident.

"It was really hard."

Haley was in class when she heard Joshua had been run over on a road, just blocks from the family's home.

Doctors removed Hoshua's spleen Tuesday. He's also recovering from a lacerated kidney and liver, a broken shoulder, femur and pelvis, and bruised lungs.

"It's a miracle that he's here. We have a long road ahead of us, but we're confident he's gonna make it."

"Parents send their kids off to school and assume you're gonna see them again."

Perhaps what's most frustrating is the Thibodeauxs knew that road was dangerous, and say they tried several times to have the county add a bus stop.

"When we moved here originally I had concerns about his walking. I got in touch with the school board and I petitioned for a new stop, and I got denied and denied. The best they said they could do what if he walked seven blocks in the opposite direction of the house he could catch the bus from there, the same bus that goes right in front of our house."

Joshua's parents say they spoke personally with Superintendent James McCalister about adding a bus stop on several different occasions.

"I was willing to pay whatever it would cost for the driver to make an additional stop. It was that important to us."

Joshua's parents say they believe their family's faith is helping them pull through this difficult time.

"If I didn't have faith I wouldn't be standing here now. God carried me through this tremendously. My son’s first words to the nurse when we got here was, ‘Do you know Jesus? Will you pray with me?’ He had faith."

"If Joshua continues to improves, it's anticipated he'll be moved from Gulf Coast Medical Center's ICU unit, to the pediatric unit as early as tomorrow.

Police charged 29-year-old Virginia Griffiths with a misdemeanor for allegedly not giving the boys a three foot buffer. She faces a moving violation charge, which comes with a fine, and points on points tacked on her license.

The Thibodeauxs say Virginia Griffith has contacted to family to extend her apologies and check on Joshua's progress.


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