Child returns home after doctors told family he wouldn't make it

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A four-year-old son returned home from the hospital Wednesday after suffering injuries from a serious ATV accident.

The Carr family spent three months in hospitals as their son, Jones, fought for his life.

It was a bittersweet homecoming for Jones and his parents Wednesday.  His mother said he was a fun loving, vibrant boy with a big smile and heart, but the ATV accident changed his life.

Jones pushed the gas while riding on an ATV with his father, Joey.  The vehicle flipped, pinning Jones underneath in his own backyard.

"It's been very trying for me because I was right there with him when it happened and I was powerless, couldn't do anything about it," said Joey.

Doctors told the Carrs that Jones wouldn't make it and that he'd be on a ventilator for the rest of his life.  But Jones defied the odds and is now home again with his four brothers and sisters.

"It's going to be nice, even with Jones this way, at least we're all together and we're home," said his mother Andrea. "It's a wonderful feeling."

The Carrs say they couldn't do it without the support of their family and neighbors.  They were the people who looked over their children while they were at Jones' beside, raised money for the family, and welcomed them home with open arms.

In the past few months the Carrs have seen more highs and lows than anyone can imagine, but they say their faith has guided them every day.

"Take life as it is and enjoy it for the day, because you never know what's around the corner," said Joey.

The Carrs say they are very thankful for all the community support they have received since the accident.

Preventing ATV accidents like the one Jones Carr was in was the reason for a safety event at Kohls department store in Wilmington Wednesday.

Workers from New Hanover Regional Medical Center set up booths, complete with information about riding all terrain vehicles.  They say most ATV accidents are caused by the driver losing control, speeding, or the ATV flipping over.

New Hanover's nurses have treat 89 patients injured in the crashes since 2005.

"Probably because they want to feel the wind blowing in their hair like most bikers," said Tina D'amico Poole, an injury prevention coordinator.  "They just think if they're riding in their backyard then they're safe."

It is against the law for anyone under the age of eight to operate and ATV.

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