A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl is lucky to be alive after starting a car and then getting trapped between it and a lorry in a Carlow housing estate. Little Jayden Gorman Dempsey had been staying with her grandmother, Margaret Dempsey, in John Sweeney Park when the accident happened.
Jayden had somehow managed to take the keys of the family car, climb over her nanny’s garden wall and start the car last Tuesday morning. The car then moved forward and was hit by the lift at the back of a lorry, trapping the little girl.
Her frantic nanny rushed out to help her but couldn’t move the car to save her.
Then, John Mulhall, a workman who was installing insulation in the area, saw what had happened and sprang into action.
He got the car moving again and managed to release the little girl.
“She wasn’t breathing and there was barely any pulse,” explained Jayden’s mother Lisa Gorman, who lives in Burrin Manor. “He knew what to do because he’s been in the Red Cross and he knew how to work on her. It’s thanks to him that she’s here today – he saved her life.”
Little Jayden, whose dad is Denis Dempsey from John Sweeney Park, was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, where she was kept in overnight and treated for shock. She suffered extensive bruising as a result of the accident and, according to Lisa, “she’s on the mend now”.
Poignantly, Jayden’s father Denis is related to Luke Brennan, the six-year-old boy who was knocked down and killed in Kilkenny city last month.
Lisa is now urging motorists to slow down, especially in highly residential areas such as housing estates.
“I really want to tell people to be careful. There are too many accidents happening now,” she concluded.