A 9-year-old Georgia girl hit by an out-of-control car while playing in her front yard says she owes her life to her 12-year-old brother, who performed CPR on her after the terrifying crash.
LaDerihanna Holmes suffered a fractured skull and broken pelvis in three places when the vehicle slammed into her on March 29, sending her flying into the air while it crashed through her home in Lithonia.
Video of the horrifying moment was captured by surveillance cameras, which shows a man appearing to flee the scene. Meanwhile, LaDerihanna’s family rushed to help her, including one of her four brothers.
“He saved my life,” LaDerihanna said on Friday’s Today, speaking out for the first time about the crash in an interview with NBC’s Kerry Sanders.
The young girl is still in the hospital and in a wheelchair, but is improving with physical therapy and even took a few steps with a walker. “I’m doing better than I did on Sunday, because I was in a lot, a lot of pain,” LaDerihanna said. “I was like, ‘I’m going to be in the hospital for too long.’”
“She’s truly a miracle,” LaDerihanna’s mother, Charlette Bolton, remarked. “From what happened to her, I’m surprised she’s alive.”
“She has a long road to recovery,” added Chris Stewart, the family attorney. “At night, when she’s by herself with me, her parents, it’s not smiles.”