SURRY COUNTY, N.C. -- A sledding accident in Mount Airy left a 10-year-old boy in critical condition.
On Tuesday, Phoenix Weirzba was sledding with a 16-year-old and another adult when he slipped into the road.
That’s when Phoenix was hit by a car on North Main Street. The driver, according to police, did everything he could to stop, but it was too late.
Phoenix’s mother, Heather Brown, said “He’s torn to pieces.”
In fact, Phoenix has two collapsed lungs, a lacerated liver, fluid around his spleen, eight broken ribs, a cracked pelvis, and a cut below his knee. He also has bruises on his face and arms.
Heather said Phoenix has been tough through it all, “When we were in the ambulance, he said his level of pain was about a four and laughed.”
Heather also said her family is worried about the man who hit Phoenix and the 16-year-old who saw it happen.
“We’re praying for them; it was an accident. It could have happened to anyone.”
Phoenix has also been asking about when he can return to school. Heather said, “Let’s just get those lungs working better.”
Heather said someone was watching over Phoenix.
“It’s a miracle. For him to have gone through that. He did not scream or cry. The doctors told me how well-mannered he was. He’s my little Phoenix, he rose from the dead, right? He’s my little angel.”
A representative with Baptist said Phoenix is now stable as of Wednesday night.
Phoenix sledding accident is the second in Surry County in a week.
The previous day, a 4-year-old was seriously hurt in a separate sledding accident on Lynchburg Road in Pilot Mountain.
Shelton says the child was sledding downhill and hit a tree. He had to be taken to Baptist Hospital but he is expected to be okay.