An 8 month old’s stunning survival during a harrowing car wreck on Friday night has left at least one firefighter and the baby’s mother concluding that divine intervention was responsible for saving the child’s life.
The shocking incident unfolded in Texarkana, Arkansas, when tiny Bryce Hale was ejected 25 feet from a vehicle before landing inside of a storm drain. While such an accident obviously holds the potential to cause — especially for a young child — severe injuries or death, the baby was found calm and alive with nothing more than a scratch on her forehead.
It’s a scenario that has left first-responders and family members, alike, in awe.
“There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being okay,” firefighter Josh Moore told KSLA-TV.
Bryce’s family members who were involved in the crash initially told emergency workers they couldn’t find the baby. So, firefighters and others began immediately searching the area until someone heard a nearby noise — and that’s when they discovered Bryce in the drainage grate.
Remarkably, Bryce wasn’t crying or screaming when they discovered her, as she sat calmly waiting to be rescued. Three workers began working to successfully remove her from the grate, finding after a medical evaluation that she had suffered no more than a scratch.
Fire Capt. Charlie Smith agreed with Moore that Bryce’s survival was “simply amazing,” considering the distance from which she was tossed during the wreck, expressing his gratitude that the situation ended as positively as it did.
“Up until we heard her, I was just worried about it being more of a recovery rather than a rescue, but once we heard her, it was just a sigh of relief,” Smigh said. “So many times we go out and things aren’t okay. And just during the holidays here to have a positive just feels good.”
The baby’s mother, Jakesia Colson, later told media that the initial search for her Bryce was “the worst 15 minutes” of her life, but that she, too, believes God’s hand was in the child’s survival, calling Bryce her “miracle baby.”
“I know it was a miracle, nobody but God. The way they had to pull her out of the drain. They couldn’t just pull her out,” she said. “They had to turn her head a certain way and turn her body a certain way to get her out. She was just sitting there looking up waiting for them to come get her.”
The five people involved in the crash all walked away without life-threatening injuries, with the family becoming emotional while discussing their survival with KSLA-TV.
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