Cape Town - A six-year-old Delft boy was saved by his 15-year-old cousin who managed to lift up a car under which the boy was trapped.
Little Tyler Link landed under the vehicle while playing in the street late on Wednesday afternoon.
A neighbour, driving a white Fiat Uno, had reversed from his driveway in Elsenburg Street, in Voorbrug, when he accidentally drove over the boy, dragging him a few metres before coming to a stop.
Tyler’s mother, Natasha Link, 32, says the man did not see Tyler and the family does not blame him for the accident.
The mom says doctors said her son was lucky to be alive and to have escaped without any bones being broken.
Tyler was left with multiple injuries to his body, including a gash to his head which required three stitches, and bruising and grazing to his face, arm and legs.
Natasha says it is thanks to her sister’s son, Cezario Rose, 15, that Tyler’s injuries were not more serious.
The teen is in Grade 8 at Voorbrug High School.
Cezario says he was sitting on the pavement when his friend shouted that his little cousin was trapped underneath the car.
“My grandfather’s friend, who is a neighbour, drove over the child by accident,” he says.
“Tyler was stuck and I lifted the car on my own and took him out and rushed with him to my mother.”
Cezario says he does weight training in his free time at home and admits the car “was quite heavy”.
Cezario’s mom, Shireen Rose, 35, explains how he dramatically lifted the front of the car to free Tyler all by himself.
“He thought quickly because he knew the car was on top of Tyler’s tiny body and being under the front section for too long could have made things worse.
“Tyler’s mother and I were in the Wendy house at the back of the property when Cezario came running in, carrying a bleeding Tyler in his arms,” says Shireen.
The women, along with the shocked driver, rushed the little boy to Delft Day Hospital where doctors told the family he was a strong child.
“The doctors took X-rays to check if he had any broken bones and said he was very lucky because he was a strong boy,” says Natasha.
“He had been dragged with the car while the driver was reversing. Had the speed been fast, he could have died. He is in pain, but he is doing OK.”
Shireen says she is proud of her son for his quick thinking.
“He is our hero and even went and wrote examinations today (yesterday),” she says.