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‘Parent’s worst nightmare’: Gravesend mum describes daughter’s bus horror
THE mother of a young girl run over by a bus in Gravesend has relived the moment she heard about the horror.
Jade Phillips was walking to school when she was hit by a car and dragged under a bus while crossing Rochester Road.
The 12-year-old suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull and was rushed to King’s College Hospital at about 8.15am on March 6.
She and her mother Amanda featured on TV documentary 24 Hours in A&E shown Channel 4 aired on August 21.
She told the prime-time TV show: “It’s the worst call I could ever have, I still hear it now.
“I still hear the tone of his voice, I still hear the tone of how he said it to me: ‘Jade’s been run over by a bus’.
“It was like the whole world crumbles. I remember turning up and she was just caked from head to toe in blood. She was talking and she went ‘mummy I love you’.
“When I heard her say ‘mummy I love you’; is this her telling me she loves me before she dies?
“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare I lived that morning, getting that call.”
The documentary showed Doctor Des, a major trauma consultant at King’s, preparing his team for Jade’s arrival.
Scans showed she suffered internal bleeding and fractures to her skull, collarbone and ribs.
Granddad Robert was delivering scrap metal to East Tilbury in Essex when he heard the news.
He said: “I tried phoning her back and she said ‘dad she’s under the bus, she’s under the bus’.
“When I took the truck back to the depot I had to go past where Jade had been run over and as I approached it I could see five police cars there and a council van and I thought ‘what’s that council van doing there’.
“And as I went past I thought ‘they must be washing the blood off the road’. My little precious granddaughter’s blood’s being washed into the gutter. It just slowly began to dawn on me that she might not, she might not survive.”
Jade made a remarkable recovery and returned to school at St John’s Catholic Comprehensive just four weeks later. The show ended with her saying: “I don’t think it’s changed me. I’m closer to my family and I always cross at the lollipop man.”
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