‘It was an accident’: ‘It would have been my life’
A 5-year-old girl with leukemia was taken to a hospital after she was found in an ambulance with her mother’s blood on her face and the back of her head.
She was rushed to a local hospital and later transferred to a pediatric burn center.
“They had to have an emergency and they had to make the best of the situation,” said Lori W. Anderson, who lives in Arizona.
Anderson said she found out about the accident Tuesday morning when she received a call from a friend who said the ambulance had pulled into a parking lot.
“It was the worst of all possible scenarios,” Anderson said.
“We have to make sure they’re safe.”
The ambulance driver was treated for his injuries and was released from the hospital.
Anderson’s son, Zachary, said it was his first time ever hearing about a patient’s condition.
“I’m very happy that she’s alive, but it’s still kind of sad,” Zachary Anderson said about his mother’s condition and the accident.
“It would’ve been my whole life.
I wouldn’t have been able to get out of bed.
It’s just the worst thing.”
The toddler was taken into an emergency room at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
She has been stabilized and will remain there for several days.
Anderson described her daughter as a sweet, gentle, loving girl who would do anything for her mom and brother.
“The first thing you think of when you see her is the little girl that she has, the little baby that she had,” Anderson told ABC News.
“She’s just such a sweet little girl.
It just shows you how kind she is.”
The family has been told that they’ll need to move to Arizona for a few months while they figure out how to keep the child’s care free from the effects of the illness.