‘My world stopped,’ Mom of boy pinned by SUV recounts accident as they prepare for fundraiser

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In January, third-grader Hunter Bell was hit by a black SUV that jumped a curb, pinning him against the wall of his elementary school in Yukon.

Hunter's leg was so mangled in the accident that he lost some of the bone, causing him to need multiple surgeries, skin grafts, a plate, and 10 screws.

With a new brace and new crutches, Hunter says he's "doing good."

"He's strong. We're looking into getting a new splint for his leg to help it increase range of motion. But he's going good, he's back in school part-time," Hunter's mother, Ashley, said.

Ashley has no problem recalling the phone call from the day of the accident.

"I needed to get to the school immediately, that Hunter had been in an accident," she remembers. "And my world stopped. Everything went in slow motion and kind of fast-paced at the same time."

Hunter was taken by ambulance straight from the school to Children's Hospital.

The accident has hurt not only Hunter and his family, but their pocketbooks.

"The last time we checked, we were around $300,000, and that's not with therapy and the rest of the doctor's visits that we have in the future."

And even though the driver of the SUV was uninsured, Hunter's mom has tried to be understanding of the woman who injured her son.

"No anger. I didn't have anger from the moment it happened. I was concerned that she may be in distress as well because I can only imagine what it's like to have an accident where you've hit a child," Ashley said. "I pray for her, I pray for her family."

While the Bell family continues to pray, others are praying for them as well. And in an effort to start paying off the medical bills, the Bells are putting on fundraisers like Hoops for Hunter, to get the ball rolling.

Hoops for Hunter, will be held Thursday, March 12 at Yukon Middle School, will also have a pasta dinner and a silent auction.

Game tickets and meal tickets are only $5 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Hope for Hunter.

Donate to Hunter Bell and his family on their GoFundMe page.

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