An 8-year-old boy in Idaho says angels helped him lift a car off his father's body to save his life.
J.T. Parker was working on a Toyota Prius with his 17-year-old brother Mason and their father Stephen at their Sugar City home last summer.
“We were pulling the engine out of the car, and after we got it jacked up, I climbed under there to take the axels off,” Stephen recalled to EastIdahoNews.com. “The one axle came off pretty easily, but the other side wasn’t coming off.”
When he went to adjust the second axle and move the jack, the car fell on him. J.T. was the only one around as Mason had gone inside the house minutes earlier with a cut hand.
“I yelled to J.T. on the other side of the car, ‘Jack it up quick! Jack it up quick!'” Stephen said. “I couldn’t move at all. I was totally trapped, and then I passed out. It was all in his hands, and I thought, ‘This is it. There’s no way he can jack up this car because it took my 17-year-old son and I both to jack it up the first time.”
Mustering all the courage and strength he could, J.T. adjusted the jack and started jumping up and down on the handle. He weighs about 50 pounds, the website reported.
“It was scary, and I didn’t think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying,” J.T. told EastIdahoNews.com.
After 15 minutes of jumping up and down, the car slowly started raising off his father. Once it was completely off, J.T. ran to get his brother and call 911.
“All I remember is I felt peace,” Stephen said. “I remember seeing white, like a nice happy day. The clouds were going by, and everything was happy and peaceful.”
His wife Jodi arrived while the three Parker men waited for emergency responders.
“When I got there, I saw my husband underneath a car,” Jodi told the website. “My heart just sank, and I didn’t know what to expect.”
Stephen was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center via helicopter in critical condition.
He had 13 broken ribs and no internal damage.
“It was just a miracle,” said Stephen, who was home two days after the July 30 accident.
After settling back at home, .J.T asked their son to jack up the car again – he couldn’t do it.
“Angels,” J.T. said when asked how he got his strength that day.
“We believe my grandpa, who passed on, and my sister who died were helping him,” Stephen added.
Last week, the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho presented J.T. with one of its 11 “East Idaho Real Heroes” award for 2017.
“This whole thing is a miracle. There’s no other way to describe it,” his mother said. “There’s no way that little boy could have done that. I just felt that it was a responsibility we now have to tell people that miracles still exist.”