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Neighbours help lift car off boy

Bailey Fowler
Bailey Fowler broke a leg and suffered crush injuries

Two mothers have told how they helped lift a car off a boy who was badly hurt in a collision with the vehicle.

Donna McNamee, 24, and Abigail Sicolo, 29, were among those who helped get the Renault Clio off Bailey Fowler, eight, in Liswerry, Newport, last week.

Bailey was trapped after the incident and he is recovering in hospital. His leg was broken and he had crushing injuries needing plastic surgery.

His family have thanked their neighbours for their help.

Mother-of-four Ms McNamee said: "It all happened so quickly. I was in my garden when I heard screaming and ran out. At first I thought it was one of my children.

"I had to help so I did the first thing that came into my head. All we could see were these little legs under the car. He was trapped right under the engine and screaming.

"But we knew we had to get him out. We just bent over, grabbed the underneath of the car and lifted.

"I must admit lifting the car was hard work. It's not something I practice for."

Donna McNamee and Abigail Sicolo
We're not heroes, anyone would have done it
Abigail Sicolo (R), with Donna McNamee

Ms Sicolo's only child Jaydon, seven, was playing with Bailey at the time of the collision.

She said: "I had to look under the car and check it wasn't my son. I saw a boy with blond hair just lying there trapped - I was relieved it wasn't Jaydon but we had to try and get him free.

"The poor boy was screaming throughout - it was horrific. The car was so heavy. I bruised my arm and shoulder when we were lowering it. We're not heroes, anyone would have done it."

Ms McNamee's father Anthony McNamee, 42, helped the women lift the car before an ambulance arrived to take Bailey to hospital.

He said: "The girls were magnificent - they are like superwomen. We had to physically lift the car off the ground high enough for others to pull him clear.

"It was a horrible experience which I would never like to see again - I've never seen anything like it."

Bailey's father Paul Fowler said: "We're really shaken up at the moment but it's great to know we've got neighbours like this around us."

The boy's mother Wendy said: "He's in a bad way at the moment, but he's such a happy little boy and he's not letting it get him down too much. I don't know what I would have done without my neighbours."

Gwent Police are investigating the collision and said inquiries were continuing.



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