Relatives of a schoolboy who stopped breathing after he was hit by a car yesterday said it was "unbelievable" he had survived.
Five-year-old Yusuf Iqbal is facing major surgery after the accident just yards from his family home. His mother Parveen Begum told of her horror as she witnessed her son being thrown several feet into the air by the impact.
"I could not move from the spot, I was so devastated. I just didn't know what to expect. He just lying there, he had stopped breathing and didn't move for five minutes," she said.
Mother-of-four Mrs Begum, aged 30, "froze" when her son was hit while crossing the road to visit his grandparents in Nansen Road, Saltley.
"He was half way across the road and the car hit him," said Mrs Begum. "He had this hole in his head and was bleeding everywhere, then I noticed his thigh bone was snapped.
"I picked him up and put him on another car bonnet. I knew I should not have moved him, but I just wanted him in my arms.
"Just as the paramedics arrived he regained consciousness." Now the family is making a desperate plea to city council leaders to install speed humps on the road, which they claim has been used by speeding drivers for years.
"We are requesting the city council to put ramps on the road," said Yusuf's grandfather Abdul Rahman, who lives on the opposite side of the road. "There are two schools nearby, but for some reason this is one of the few roads near Alum Rock Road not to have speed bumps. We do not want this to happen again."
Scans on Yusuf's head and spine amazingly showed no damage, but he will have the first in a series of major operations on his leg today to repair the damage where it was crushed.
"Yusuf is a bright, happy child, but now he is in a lot of pain," added Mrs Begum, who has lived with her husband Zafra Iqbal, aged 32, at the house for more than ten years.
No one was available for comment from West Midlands Police or Birmingham City Council.