BONNERS FERRY — Tyler and Heather Navarro welcomed their baby girl, Olivia, on Saturday, May 18.
This new family addition made 2-year-old Tucker a big brother. When Heather and Olivia came home the following Monday, Tucker was much more attached to dad than normal.
On Tuesday, May 21, Tucker got to ride in his dad’s truck to go to and from daycare while Tyler worked. Truck rides with dad have always been an exciting event for Tucker. That evening, the family played in the yard enjoying the nice weather as a family of four. The family needed to go to the grocery store, Heather took Olivia and Tucker inside the home to get clean clothes. Tyler stayed outside to move the truck so that the family van could get out of the driveway.
Heather had walked to the back of the house, where Tucker’s room is, to get him a clean shirt. That was when she heard the front door shut. Knowing that it was not Tyler who shut the door, she ran as fast as possible after Tucker to catch him. She was just a bit too late.
Tucker had thought that daddy was going to the store without him, and ran out in front of the pickup just as Tyler started to move the vehicle. Fortunately, Tyler felt his truck slip when impact was made. By some miracle, Tucker was hit and pushed across the ground, but the truck did not run over his body.
The family lives in North Bonners Ferry, just minutes from Boundary Community Hospital. Tucker was immediately taken to the hospital and was being treated within minutes of the accident. He received multiple X-rays and a CT scan at Boundary. It was determined that he had a pelvic fracture and a dislocated hip. They were able to put his hip back in place in the emergency room.
The initial plan was to have Tucker, accompanied by Tyler, taken to Sacred Heart in Spokane via life flight. With the CT scan, it was determined that Tucker had not suffered a brain injury or any internal bleeding. At that point, it was safe for him to be transported via ground ambulance for more in-depth care.
While at Sacred Heart, Tucker was diagnosed with an additional neck injury and his back was treated for road rash from the gravel driveway. He was released on Thursday, May 23, with Tucker in a neck brace and a cast starting below his armpits and continuing down to his right foot. The young toddler has been completely immobilized while his injuries heal.
“We have an uphill battle in front of us and we are prepared to face it as a family,” Heather said. “We praise God every moment that our story involves injuries because we know just how easily this could have been a different ending. All prayers and support are welcome. This is the type story that you never think will happen to you, until it does.”
The family is overcome with relief that Tucker has survived what was so close to being a tragedy.
To help the young family as they are faced with extensive medical bills, Diana Navarro is organizing an “It Takes a Village Silent and Live Auction and Taco Feed,” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Ponderay Design Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay.
The taco bar is $5 a plate, and they have received great auction items from Coles Custom Cutlery, Gold Creek Lodge, Dave Smith, Pierce Auto, and much more.
The community is invited to come support this local family as they face these hard times.