Father grateful Good Samaritans saved son's life
WEST PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miguel Dotel is emotional but thankful over the state of his injured son, Angel. "I love my son. Very, very much," said Dotel. He added, "Very scared. Very, very scared."
He took a brief moment away from his child's bedside Wednesday morning to tell us everything would be all right despite the bandages up and down his boy's torso, a neck brace and multiple tubes. Dotel said two strangers saved his son's life.
It's a good thing Wayne Parish was around to spring into action. "We basically ran over there and seen him bleeding," he said. "I tried to stop the blood."
Parish discovered the 10-year-old impaled by a spiked fence after the child fell from a mango tree in West Park. The impact was so harsh it bent back the spikes, but fortunately there were two heroes around. Parish said, "He wasn't saying much of anything. He was hollering really."
The second Good Samaritan, Prince Moore said, "I wrapped my shirt around his chest and hold it, like hold his blood into him and pushed my hand across the whole of him and hold him until the ambulance came right there until, like that, where the blood don't rush out on to him."
The men held off the blood before working in tandem with fast-arriving medics.
Good Samaritan Prince Moore took instructions from Broward County Fire Rescue Lt. Scott Pollard. Pollard said, "I made him maintain the pressure from the time I scooped him off the ground, and he walked with me into the back of the truck together, and I said, 'All right, you can go now.'"
As scary as it sounds, Angel, who was picking mangoes with his brother before the mishap is expected to make a full recovery. "I feel so happy of all, how bad it looked, and now he's doing good, and I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'Whoa!'"
He fell about 18 feet to the fence below, and Dr. Gary Birken, Chief surgeon at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, said the boy was also lucky in the manner with which he fell. "This young man is very lucky," he said. "He sustained injuries that were penetrating to both the chest and his abdominal wall. He was impaled in such a fashion that I think that he grazed off it as opposed to if he had struck it more perpendicular."
You could say little Angel had some angels of his own. "Thank God they was there. They helped me. They helped my kid, you know?" said Angels' dad.
Doctors at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital said Angel only suffered lacerations to the face and puncture wounds in the torso. No invasive surgery is needed and Angel is expected to be released from the hospital in five days. "I think he'll fully recover," said Birken.
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