Family of boy, 3, who was hit by truck thank those who saved his life

The family of a little boy who was struck by a truck in Clayton have thanked ambulance crews for saving his life. Kai Clayton, now four, was left fighting for his life after being thrown down the road by a tipper truck on North Road on last July. Little Kai, then three, suffered a fractured skull, multiple bleeds on the brain, a broken pelvis, broken femur, five broken ribs, a lacerated liver and trauma to his lung.

A North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) crew 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. The brave youngster survived the horrific crash but had to relearn how to walk, talk, breathe, eat and swallow. His family, from Chorlton, now want to thank the medics who helped him survive.

Kai’s 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.

Kai Clayton, now four, had to learn how to walk again after the terrible crash in 2020

“Someone had moved him to the pavement, where his sister was attempting CPR. “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.” Sarah, from Chorlton, believes that without the quick intervention of doctors and paramedics, the impact on her son could have been much worse.

Family of boy, 3, who was hit by truck thank those who saved his lifeThe scene of the crash on North Road where Kai was injured

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.

Family of boy, 3, who was hit by truck thank those who saved his lifeKai in recovery at home in Chorlton

The determined youngster is already walking again with some wheelchair assistance and enjoying school with his friends. Dr Scott Beattie, HEMS Doctor at NWAA, was the doctor on scene with Kai.

He said: “With traumatic brain injuries like Kai’s, time truly is of the essence. “The faster you are able to treat the patient, by alleviating the pressure on the brain, stabilising their condition, and moving them to specialist centres such as the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, the better chance of survival you can give them. “Kai’s recovery has been nothing short of miraculous, and to hear he’s made so much progress in under a year is amazing.

“He’s a really brave young boy, and we wish him and his family all the best.”

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