An 11-year-old boy who was struck by a semi-truck has thanked God for helping him survive the ordeal.
Emilio Corrales, known as “Mio,” was riding his bike across the Arkansas River when he was hit by a large truck. The youngster was rushed to Wesley Medical Center with injuries including several torn ligaments, a fractured skull and various cuts and bruises.
Despite the scare, Corrales thanked God for protecting his life.
"I'm thankful to God because I didn't die," he told KWCH. "I thought I was going to die when I got hit by a semi-truck."
Corrales added that he had been incredibly grateful for the support he’s received since the accident. “They prayed and believed in me and I'm just thankful for that," he said. "I'm ready to go home, I'm happy I get to go home."
A GoFundMe has been set up for Emilio to “help pay expenses for [the] family.”
Emilio has already undergone surgery on his knee and his shoulder, Oscar Corrales shared in an update on the GoFundMe Page.
According to Oscar, Emilio still has several hurdles to jump as he is “very sore and bruised all over” and cannot hear out of his right ear.
“On a good note,” however, Corrales “is out of [the] ICU,” Oscar shared.
He added, “Thank u everyone for yr donations[,] god bless.”
At the time of this writing, more than $2,000 had been raised for Corrales and prayers and messages of support have been pouring in.
“We will be praying for you Mio and for the family. We miss you and we love you,” one person commented. “If you need anything just let us know!”
Mio’s dad posted a lengthy Facebook message thanking the Lord for protecting his son.
“I want to thank God for everything he has done in my life but especially for what he has done in this past week for giving my son Emilio the heart of a lion,” he wrote, adding that, “God is good.”
Do continue to pray for Emilio and his continued recovery!
Photo courtesy: Pablo Garcia Saldana/Unsplash
Will Maule is a British journalist who has spent the past several years working as a digital news editor. Since earning a degree in international relations and politics, Will has developed a particular interest in covering ethical issues, human rights and global religious persecution. Will's work has been featured in various outlets including The Spectator, Faithwire, CBN News, Spiked, The Federalist and Christian Headlines. Follow him on Twitter at @WillAMaule.