Bryan family shares story of young boy’s recovery after being run over by a vehicle

Five-year-old Noah Arellano remains in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 11:04 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - A five-year-old Bryan boy remains in the hospital after a family member accidently ran him over with their vehicle three weeks ago.

Noah Arellano’s aunts, Megan Smith and Holly Wilson, say Noah was just a few days away from his fifth birthday when the accident happened.

Smith says Arellano was walking toward the house while his other aunt was leaving to pick up some food. As the aunt was turning around, Smith says she ran over Arellano.

“There wasn’t enough time for him to be seen or anything until he was injured and it was too late,” said Smith.

That is when Smith and Wilson say the aunt got out of the car and began compressions because the child was not breathing and was severely injured.

“He would not have made it if she wasn’t there to do CPR on him,” said Wilson.

Arellano was transported by helicopter to Baylor Scott & White McClane Children’s Hospital in Temple. Smith says Arellano suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries and a broken collar bone.

Arellano was put into a medically induced coma to reduce the swelling in his brain. He woke up from that coma one week ago, and as of Friday, was transferred out of the pediatric intensive unit.

“Just to be so young, and so little, and have to overcome all of this. You know, you just want to get in his body and do it for him,” said Wilson.

As of right now, the family says they don’t know the full extent of his injuries quite yet, but do know he will need at least a year of inpatient rehabilitation.

After going through what the entire family has, they say they hope no one else ever has to deal with this pain.

“Install sensors in your car, get those back up cameras, get those front cameras if needed. I know since the incident happened, our family members now honk their horn every time before they drive just in case there’s a child in the way, so that child knows to get out of the way,” said Wilson.

“This is something you hear about. This is something you see others go through, but you never believe that it can actually happen to you,” said Smith.

To help with medical expenses and to keep up with medical updates, the family has created this Facebook page.

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