Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Days Ago, Four-Year-Old Nathaniel Was Fighting to Survive - Now He Giggles and Chats with His Family

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Days Ago, Four-Year-Old Nathaniel Was Fighting to Survive - Now He Giggles and Chats with His Family

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Byline: Laura Woodcock Reporter laura.woodcock@trinitymirror.com

NATHANIEL Artley is a little fighter.

Just days ago, the four-year-old boy was wired up to a life-support machine - fighting for his life after being hit by a car.

But amazingly, the youngster is now sitting up in his hospital bed, and is giggling and chatting with his family who were left wondering if he would survive the horrific ordeal.

"I have looked up his name and Nathaniel means gift of God, and he well and truly is," said his mum Katrina Verrill, 35.

"When you think about what he has been through, for him to come back from that and to be how he is now is nothing short of a miracle."

Nathaniel suffered horrific head and internal injuries after being hit by a taxi on Cotswold Avenue, Pallister Park, at about 5.20pm on Sunday, March 8. The youngster had heard an ice cream van park up on his road and just moments later, was involved in the accident.

"Nathaniel had only just had his tea and an ice cream so I had told him no," said Katrina, also mum to Carlos, 10, Lennox, eight, and Rebecca Mary Morrison, 16, "I was then talking to my sister and mid conversation just stopped. Something in me just knew something had happened.

"I then saw the door was open and ran outside. It was then that I saw him on the floor.

"I lay him in my arms and I screamed. I was crying saying 'Nathaniel, don't leave me son. Don't leave me.' "I really thought I was going to lose him."

But Katrina says the first glimmer of hope her little fighter showed was in the ambulance on the way to hospital.

Since then her son has continued to amaze her and the medics who have been caring for him.

"In the ambulance I really thought that was it," said Katrina.

"But just before we got to the hospital, the paramedic turned to me and said 'I think I've got him.'.

"Since then we have been taking each day as it comes but Nathaniel has done amazingly.

"At first they couldn't tell me if he was going to live or not. …

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