Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Given Only a 5% Chance of Survival. after Being Hit by a Car and Bus. but Charlie's Made It! Home Once More, Youngster Is All Smiles after Battling Back from the Brink

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Given Only a 5% Chance of Survival. after Being Hit by a Car and Bus. but Charlie's Made It! Home Once More, Youngster Is All Smiles after Battling Back from the Brink

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Byline: KATIE DAVIS

MIRACLE boy Charlie Falcus defied death after a horror smash left him with just a 5% chance of survival.

The 12-year-old suffered two fractures to the side of his head, a blood clot on the brain, fractured eye sockets, a broken collar bone and a laceration to his lung following the smash where he was hit by a car and then a bus.

So devastating were his injuries that his parents, Sarah and fireman Mark, 45, were told to brace themselves for the worst when he was given just a slim chance of survival.

But today, after spending just over a week in hospital following the accident on Etal Way, near Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, Charlie has battled back from the brink and amazed doctors with his recovery.

Medics at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) dubbed him "Miracle Boy" when he beat the odds to survive.

He has now been discharged from hospital and is recovering at his home in Meadow Rise, Newbiggin Hall.

Sarah said: "At the time of the accident he was only given a 5% chance of living. His life hung in the balance and if it wasn't for the staff at the hospital we probably wouldn't have had him here today.

"He's our little miracle. At the hospital they put "Miracle Boy" on the front of his file. I just can't believe he has pulled through. We really thought we were going to lose him.

"We've gone from critical to stable to having him home in a relatively short space of time."

Charlie, a pupil at Ponteland Middle School, had stepped off the X87 bus after making his way home from Newcastle city centre with three friends.

He walked around the front of the bus and stepped out into the path of a Peugeot 207. He was flung back into the bus before landing on a nearby curb.

Luckily, several police officers were making their way to and from Etal Lane police station and saw the incident. …

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