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Family of girl hit by school bus in Cedar Hill speaks to News 4

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(KMOV.com) – The family of a 7-year-old girl who was critically injured after being hit by a school bus said she may be months away from walking again.

Paige Breckle was hit by a school bus that dropped her off near her Cedar Hill home on June 25.  Paige suffered a broken pelvis, which in held in place by rods and pins. She also suffered severe internal injuries and is wearing a boot. Paige was released from intensive care Thursday.

Paige’s older brother Justin pulled her to safety. He said he saw her get off the bus and said the yellow safety arm which forced kids to walk several feet in front to the bus did not extend.

Paige dropped her purse right in front of the bus and when she bent down to pick it up, the bus ran her over. The bus driver was not aware of what happened and did not stop.

“I ran out there as fast as I could and got her inside. My friend gave me my phone and I called 911 and called my dad. All it was was me and him,” Justin said.

Justin said he waited with Paige, who was screaming, until a medical chopper arrived.

Paige’s father Bobby said he was at work when he learned what happened.

“I can still remember the phone call like it was yesterday. My son said ‘He hit her and he just kept going,” said Bobby Breckle. “You feel totally helpless.”

Paige was airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis. Bobby said his mind raced as he made the journey to the hospital where he met a social worker who prepared him for the worst. Bobby could enter Paige’s hospital room where she was surrounded by surgeons preparing for a 9-hour surgery.

“I see her laying on the table, there’s blood on the table and I could see one leg cocked off to the side and there was an abrasion. I could hear her making noises,” Bobby said.

Bobby is Paige’s primary care giver. His colleagues at work have donated extra vacation days to allow him to take several weeks off so he can provide around the clock care to Paige. 

Paige’s extended family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses. You can find it here.

Even though she is bound to a bed, Paige said she is looking forward to being active again.

Jefferson County authorities said no charges have been filed against the driver. First Student said the driver is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation of the accident.

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