OKLAHOMA CITY-- With three surgeries in less than two weeks, one little Oklahoma boy has had a tough start to the year. KFOR first reported on January 16th, after a third grader was hit by an SUV outside of Yukon Central Elementary.
As the story broke, officials said the boy only suffered a large laceration on his leg. But as the day unfolded, it became clear the 9-year-old had a much longer road ahead.
"I didn't know if he was gonna lose his leg, or how much blood he had lost," said Ashley Bell, the victim's mother.
These thoughts swam through Ashley's mind as she tailed an ambulance with her son, Hunter Bell, inside.
Hunter was outside Yukon Central Elementary waiting for his ride, when a black SUV drove onto the sidewalk, pinning him against the wall.
"I never thought I'd ever see my son come so close to death," said James Bell, Hunter's dad.
The family rushed to OU Medical Center, where Hunter soon underwent the first of several surgeries.
"He's got a wound around 10 to 11 inches long around the knee," said James. "He's missing a good part of his bone."
"The femur was fractured into like four pieces, and they used a plate and 10 screws to hold that together," Ashley said.
The woman driving the SUV, 68-year-old Virginia Roberts, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. According to a police report, she admitted to drinking alcohol that morning, and was taken to a nearby hospital for a blood test.
"Everybody does stupid things in their life," said James, when asked about the driver of the SUV. "Life's too short to hold onto anger toward somebody."
After close to two weeks, and countless medical procedures, KFOR was able to pay Hunter a visit.
From his hospital bed, the sleepy 3rd grader had a message for his class.
"I miss them, and I'm thankful for them praying for me."
Results on Roberts' blood test are not yet known.
Click here for the GoFundMe account that has been set up for the Bells.