“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. She’s so lucky to be alive.”

Six-year-old Ebony Meek was hit by a car as she walked to school last week. She has fractures along her brow bone and stitches to either side of her head.
Six-year-old Ebony Meek was hit by a car as she walked to school last week. She has fractures along her brow bone and stitches to either side of her head.

A mum whose little girl was seriously injured after being knocked down on the way to school says the youngster is lucky to be alive.

Ebony Meek, six, and Tyler Woods, four, were hit by a car on Broadway, in Lupset, last week as they walked to Snapethorpe Primary School.

Ebony has fractures to her skull, bruised lungs and cuts on both sides of her face.

She also suffered a bleed on her brain and has no memory of the accident.

Her mum, Natasha Fothergill, of Magdelene Road, Lupset, said: “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. She’s so lucky to be alive.

“The accident is a complete blur. All I remember is being stood at the crossing, hearing a bang and seeing Tyler roll over and Ebony thrown back.

“I kept expecting her to get up but she was unconscious. The driver of the car was great he stopped straight away and helped.

“She had to be put in an induced coma and was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary in the air ambulance where she was in intensive care. It was terrifying.

“But she has been very brave and the doctors can’t believe how well she has recovered.

“She can’t remember anything at all from last week including the accident. But she has asked if she can meet the driver of the car and the air ambulance crew.”

Ebony is unable to go back to school until after Easter and she remains under the care of the neurosurgeon at LGI.

Her family has been told she is expected to make a full recovery but will require further scans to make sure.

Miss Fothergill added: “Fingers crossed she will make a full recovery.

“I just want to thank everyone for their support especially the staff at the school who have been amazing.

“Ebony has had lots of homemade cards from her friends, she’s a very lucky girl.”

Ebony’s family now wants to start a campaign to make Broadway safe.

Ebony said: “I know what happened to me was an accident but I want to tell all my friends and other children to make sure they hold their mummy and daddy’s hands when crossing the road.”