Boy (6) fractures skull in Barrowford road accident

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A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy knocked down in Barrowford on Friday night is recovering well in hospital, his dad says.

Mitchell Heaton, who lives in Lee Street, had gone round the corner on to neighbouring Nora Street to see whether his friend was in when the incident occurred.

The Barrowford School pupil was returning home at around 7-25pm and ran out into the road where he was hit by a white Volkswagen Up!

He was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured skull and perforated ear drum and was transferred from the Royal Blackburn Hospital to the Manchester Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

There he was put into an induced coma over the weekend, but was awake again and talking on Monday and took his first steps since the incident on Wednesday.

Mitchell’s dad Peter Heaton (31), a self-employed plasterer, said he and his partner Lyndsey Bailey (27), had gone through hell on Friday night.

He said: “Seeing him there lying in the road, I thought he was dead. I wouldn’t wish it on any parent what we had to go through on Friday night.

“He is over the worst of it and should be home in a few days.

“He was in a critical condition in intensive care at the start.

“He’s also damaged a nerve on the right side his face which doctors say there is a two-thirds chance it will heal fully. The neurosurgeons are happy with the head injury now though.

“The headteacher has been on the phone and the support from the school and family and friends has been brilliant.”

Paramedics, traffic police officers and an accident investigation officer attended the scene and the driver and passenger in the car, both female, were taken home in a state of shock after the incident.