Four year old boy nearly crushed by car, is back home from the hospital in time for Thanksgiving

Family describes it as a miracle

LAKE WALES - By all accounts, the Thanksgiving feast for the Kalapp family looked like it was not going to happen this year, at least not on happy terms.

Last Tuesday, the family's four year-old boy, Liam was nearly crushed by a car.

"It's that scream that every mother knows where they're into something and it's gone horribly wrong," said Amilee Kalapp, Liam's mother.

She says he and his sister got into a parked car in the driveway and somehow switched the gear into neutral.

The car started rolling down the driveway and across the street. At one point little Liam jumped out and got run over by the front wheel.

He was trapped.

"The only thing I could was scream," said Amilee.

The car came to a stop after hitting a telephone pole. If the pole was not there, the car may have kept rolling right over Liam's entire body.

"His head was right here," said Rick VanBilliard, pointing a couple inches away from the tire.

VanBillard, Amilee's friend, happened to be over at the time and came rushing outside when he heard the screams.

"I didn't think he was going to make it," he said.

He quickly got the attention of a police officer who happened to be on that street, along with a couple of strangers nearby. Together they mustered enough strength to lift the car and pull out the boy.

"All the pressure sent the blood to his head," Amilee said. "Of course his head was purple and when they pulled him out he wasn't breathing."

Medics flew Liam to Arnold Palmer hospital in Orlando, but his condition was not good. The family was preparing for the worst.

"Between here and Arnold Palmer, somehow we got us a miracle," she said

The tough little boy suffered some scrapes, bruises, and a few broken ribs, but that's it.

Within two days, he was back home and back to his old self.

This Thanksgiving, the family knows they have a lot to be thankful for, from the strangers who were in the right place at the right time, to the resilience of their four year old boy.

"I believe in miracles and I'm certain that's what my family received this year," she said.
 

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