Gravesend mum recalls daughter being dragged under bus
PUBLISHED: 06:00 14 October 2013
It is every parent’s worst nightmare - losing your child. One Gravesend mum came perilously close to experiencing that feeling when her teenage daughter was dragged under a bus.
But Amanda Phillips came perilously close to being in that situation when her 12-year-old daughter Jade was hit by a car and being dragged under a bus in Gravesend on her way to school, just yards from a pedestrian crossing.
The youngster suffered multiple injuries including a double skull fracture and was rushed to King’s College Hospital in London on March 6 this year but miraculously she was back at St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School in just four weeks after making a full recovery.
Amanda said: “Receiving the call was every parent’s worst nightmare. I can still remember taking the call, hearing Jade’s been run over by a bus. It’s the worst call I’ve ever had.
“She was covered in blood head to toe. She said “mummy I love you” and I wondered if she was saying this because she thought she was going to die.”
Other than the fractured skull, Jade suffered internal bleeding, fractures to her collarbone and ribs, a boken nose, her head was cut open, shoulder blade chopped, bruising to her lungs, liver and kidneys, a split spleen, abrasions down her legs and her teeth went through her bottom lip.
Her mum describes it as a “miracle” that she was back on her feet so quickly, profusely thankking the emergency services who helped save her life.
Amanda implored kids to be more safe.
She said: “It’s so important to be careful.
“After it happened Connor said I kept saying “oh god, oh god” although I don’t remember it. I remember runing out the door and children telling me where the accident had happened. That made it very real, it wasn’t a mistake.
“This could happen to anyone. A lot of children aren’t as lucky as Jade and I would urge parents to encourage their kids to be cautious.
“I think having footage of the accident online while Jade was still in hospital was a little distasteful but I wouldn’t mind it being used now as some sort of road safety deterrent.
“It was really upsetting to watch but I needed to see exactly what happened.
“She went back to school pretty much straight away. She’s a very strong kid.”
Jade and Amanda featured on the hit Channel 4 television documentary 24 Hours in A&E last month. Viewers saw Doctor Des, a major trauma consultant at King’s, preparing his team for Jade’s arrival.
Firefighters needed to use air bags to lift the bus off Jade before taking her to hospital.
Amanda said Jade does not seem to have changed much since the accident in Rochester Road.
“I remember there was a policeman called Richard who really helped to calm me down. It’s amazing she didn’t die looking back.”