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Toddler survives being knocked down and run over by a car in Brazil

Heartbreaking moment when a two-year-old boy is hit by a car and two wheels pass over him – but he somehow survives with only scratches and a broken tooth

  • The images show how the car hits two-year-old Theo dos Reis Santos
  • The toddler was thrown under the wheels of the car, but escaped with minor injuries
  • A pediatrician said a child’s malleable bones may have absorbed the impact

A toddler was hit by a car in a horrifying accident in Brazil, but escaped alive without even breaking a bone.

A CCTV camera captured the moment when two-year-old Theo dos Reis Santos unwittingly stepped in front of the car while his mother watched in horror.

The toddler was thrown against the asphalt and under the wheels of the car, which could not stop in time to avoid being run over.

Amazingly, however, Theo not only survived but escaped serious injuries – he came out only with scratches, a broken tooth, and a cut on his neck.

The images taken in Araguari on June 24 showed how the accident occurred after the toddler’s grandmother initially walked him across the street.

Theo’s grandmother left him with his mother, who was at the door of a parked car.

Suddenly, Theo decided to run back down the road – slipping from his mother who was obstructed by the car door and unable to reach him in time.

As the boy ran across the road, at the worst possible moment, a white car appeared that couldn’t possibly stop in time.

After Theo was knocked down, his horrified mother picked him up from the road and took him to the curb as others went to help her and the car came to a halt.

The boy was taken to hospital but only spent a day at the city’s emergency room before being discharged.

Escape: two-year-old Theo dos Reis Santos slipped away from his mother, who was obstructed by the car door and unable to reach him in time

Escape: two-year-old Theo dos Reis Santos slipped away from his mother, who was obstructed by the car door and unable to reach him in time

Collision: A white car appeared just as Theo crossed the road and knocked him down

Collision: A white car appeared just as Theo crossed the road and knocked him down

Collision: A white car appeared just as Theo crossed the road and knocked him down

An X-ray showed no broken bones, and shortly after Theo jumped happily and played with his sister on a mattress again.

Pediatrician Ana Escobar told GloboFantastico’s news program that the child’s undeveloped bones had come to his rescue.

“The fact that Theo is still a child and his bones are not fully formed helped his body absorb the impact without incurring more serious injuries,” she said.

‘Children’s bones are more malleable, they have a different composition, they are more elastic.

“Therefore, when the car drove over him at that speed, this malleability and elasticity made it go well without breaking any bones.”

Nightmare: Theo was thrown under the wheels of the car, who couldn't have stopped in time to avoid him

Nightmare: Theo was thrown under the wheels of the car, who couldn't have stopped in time to avoid him

Nightmare: Theo was thrown under the wheels of the car, who couldn’t have stopped in time to avoid him

Escape: The mother picked up her child after he was knocked over - and miraculously escaped not only alive, but with minor injuries as well

Escape: The mother picked up her child after he was knocked over - and miraculously escaped not only alive, but with minor injuries as well

Escape: The mother picked up her child after he was knocked over – and miraculously escaped not only alive, but with minor injuries as well

Shortly after he was released from the hospital, Theo jumped happily and played on a mattress with his sister again

Shortly after he was released from the hospital, Theo jumped happily and played on a mattress with his sister again

Theo not only survived, but also escaped serious injuries - he came off with only a broken tooth and a cut on his neck

Theo not only survived, but also escaped serious injuries - he came off with only a broken tooth and a cut on his neck

Relief: Shortly after he was released from the hospital, Theo jumped happily and played on a mattress with his sister again

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