Doc martens saved my foot: girl’s foot shattered in hit & run from amputation by Doc Martens boots
A 12-year-old girl whose foot was shattered in a hit & run had her foot saved from amputation by her DOC MARTENS.
Phebe Hilliage (corr.) was left with a broken right ankle and shattered foot after a car ploughed into her in Birmingham, West Mids, as she walked to school on the morning of Friday November 21.
And doctors told her that if she hadn’t been wearing her favourite pair of Doc Martens, she would have lost her foot – which she was only wearing because her school shoes had a HOLE in them.
This weekend West Midlands Police released the shocking footage of the moment Phebe was hit in the hope witnesses will come forward.
Phebe’s mum Lucy, 40, is hopeful the footage will help bring someone to justice for ruining the family’s Christmas.
Heartbroken Lucy said: “We’re so lucky that Phebe wasn’t in her normal school shoes as the car went right over her foot.
“The doctors said the injuries would have been so bad they would have had to amputate the foot.
“It’s completely changed her outlook on life, she’s not the free spirit she was before the accident.
“What makes it worse is the driver didn’t even stop.
“They just left her lying in the middle of the road – it’s sickening.
“They could have kids themselves and imagine if that had happened to them.
“They need to come forward and give Phebe some respite.”
Phebe faces months with her foot in a cast and has been unable to go to Swanhurst School for over a month as a result.
The horrific hit and run was caught on camera by the bus which was overtaken moments before the impact.
A red car is clearly shown overtaking at speed, but the vehicle and driver have never been traced.
Phebe said: “I was halfway across when this car overtook the bus and two cars which had stopped and ran over my foot.
“I dropped to the floor and felt like I was in a dream – I was confused and didn’t know what was happening.
“The driver has ruined Christmas for me.
“I’d planned to go out and see friends but now I’m stuck in the house because of this accident.
“If I could say anything to them I’d say ‘you’re an idiot, a stupid person who needs to learn to drive safely’.”
She was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where doctors had to remove shattered bones from her foot and put her right ankle in a cast.
Her foot is in a cast and when she returns to hospital in January, doctors will be able to assess how bad the damage is.
Mum Lucy, who is unable to work because of arthritis, said: “The doctors can’t be sure whether the initial surgery has been a success.
“She’ll definitely need extensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation and the injuries have changed her life no matter what.
“The damage to the nerves could have affected her balance for life.”
Phebe has been off school since the accident and is being taught at home by teachers from James Brindley School.
Police footage captured by a bus shows the red car speeding away after the accident.
PC Laura Loy, from the West Midlands Police Road Traffic Investigation Unit, said: “Despite the collision being captured by the camera, we have been unable to identify what the unknown car is.
“The collision took place at a busy time in the morning and there were lots of people around who may have seen what happened or be able to tell us what the car is.”