A mother has told of her seven-year-old son's ordeal after a 47-stone branch fell 100ft onto him in a park.
Sacha Saucek, now eight, was on a school trip to Richmond Park on July 10 when he heard the branch start to fall.
He tried to flee, but tripped on a stone and was hit by the branch.
The schoolboy was left fighting for his life after the horrifying incident which echoes a virtually identical tragedy 12 years ago when 12-year-old Nathan Louis was hit by a tree in the park and died.
Sacha’s parents Jo, 36, and Igor, 41, were told their son was critically ill and would be “permanently disabled” if he survived.
When he first regained consciousness, Sacha had lost his speech and mobility, which was especially devastating because he was a keen swimmer and a high academic achiever.
But – largely thanks to his 11-year-old brother Luka – he is now walking and talking again.
“It was life or death in July,” Mrs Saucek said. “He’s a miracle.”
The youngster, who attended school in Richmond at the time of the incident but has since moved with his family to Wokingham, Berkshire, broke both his arms, right leg, pelvis, a bone in his lower spine and five ribs in the incident.
He also suffered a fractured skull, two brain bleeds and a severe rotational brain injury – something normally seen in car crash victims.
The neurons in his brain were sheered as a result of the impact, and he suffered a g...
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