The family of a six-year-old who was hit by a car in Preston has described the youngster as a “lucky girl”, after they found out she was “going to be fine”.
Natalia Naumow was taken to hospital after the collision in Christ Church Street, Preston, on Friday evening, and it is not yet known when she will return home.
But her family said she was recovering in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, and had been asking after her friends and her pet cat.
The St Stephen’s CE Primary School pupil had been crossing the road to return home from her friend’s house in Christ Church Street when the crash happened.
Her brother, Rafal, said: “She went to her friend’s, they always walk between each other’s houses. My sister was coming back home, she was walking or running, I don’t know.
“An ambulance came and everybody came and put her in the ambulance and took her to hospital.”
Natalia was taken to Royal Preston Hospital before she was transferred to Alder Hey, where her condition was described as “critical” at the time.
But Rafal said: “On Saturday night, she woke up talking.”
He said she had broken ribs and a head injury, as well as internal injuries.
He said: “We were really scared at first, but now she’s all right. She’s going to be fine, my mum told me.”
Natalia’s mother, Renata, has been by her bedside in the children’s hospital.
Rafal said: “We don’t know when they will be back but we are really relieved, she’s a lucky girl.
“She woke up and she was asking about the cat and asking about her friend.”
Natalia was hurt after she was in a collision with a Ford Fiesta at about 5.50pm on Friday.
The road was closed for two hours for an investigation into what happened, and police are still appealing for witnesses.
A witness appeal is also ongoing after a two-year-old boy was seriously injured in another collision with a car at the junction of St Phillip’s Road and Deepdale Road, where it joins St George’s Road.
The accident happened on Wednesday and the boy was taken to Royal Preston Hospital and transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital.