Dagenham bus stop crash toddler finally home after almost three months in hospital
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:51 10 January 2017
A toddler is finally back at home with his family, almost three months after he was hit by a car which ploughed into him after mounting a pavement.
Archie Marable, two, was treated by staff at the Royal London hospital for 11 weeks before returning to Dagenham on Friday.
Speaking to the Post, Archie’s mum Claire Marable explained how her little boy was overjoyed to be reunited with his sisters Ronnie-Mae, seven, and Ruby, five.
“He was happy – he was all smiles,” the 25-year-old said. “It was nice to have all the kids together again. His sisters were really happy and excited to see him.”
Archie will have to return to the Royal London once a week to have the dressings on his leg changed and is not allowed to bear any weight on it until it is stronger. Once his thigh bone has healed, doctors will need to break his leg again in order to straighten it properly.
“We don’t know if walking will be a possibility,” Claire admitted. “Hopefully it will be, but it’s not certain. It’s hard, but he’s all right. He plays on the floor because the bones aren’t fully healed. It could take months.”
Archie has been enjoying being back at home watching TV programme Mr Tumble, playing with his sisters and his favourite Paw Patrol toys.
“His sisters won’t leave him alone,” Claire, a midday assistant at Dagenham’s Trinity School, joked. “They’re much happier now.”
Archie – who is unable to talk because of delays to his development – has also been learning sign language during his recovery.
“He can sign ‘please’ and ‘thank you’,” proud Claire said.
She added that the future now seems a bit brighter after her family was left devastated by the accident which happened near the bus stop outside the health centre in Porters Avenue on October 20.
Her husband Bradley Marable, 29, plans to return to work at Edwards Recycling in Barking in a week or so, but Claire will stay at home to look after Archie.
Claire’s sister, Chloe Wallis, 19, who was thrown up into the air when she was hit by the car, is still unable to walk because of a double fracture to her ankle.
She is being looked after by her mum, Susan Guidotti, who was with her and Archie, Ronni-Mae and Ruby when the crash happened.
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