Do you believe in angels? You just might after this story of 8-year-old J.T. Parker, who lifted a car after it fell on his father.
J.T., his brother Mason, 17, and their dad, Stephen Parker, were working on a car in their yard in Sugar City, Idaho, when the car slipped from the jack, crushing the Parker brothers’ father.
The older son had gone inside minutes earlier after cutting his hand to get a bandage, leaving only J.T. to help his father. Stephen told East Idaho News, “We were pulling the engine out of the car, and after we got it jacked up, I climbed under there to take the axles off. The one axle came off pretty easily, but the other side wasn’t coming off.”
When he tried to adjust the axle and move the jack, the car came crashing down on him. “I yelled to J.T. on the other side of the car, ‘Jack it up quick! Jack it up quick!’”
He added, “I was totally trapped, and then I passed out. It was all in his hands, and I thought, ‘This is it. There’s no way he can jack up this car because it took my 17-year-old son and I both to jack it up the first time.”
A scary situation, for sure, but J.T. jumped up and down on the jack handle for 15 minutes and managed to lift the car off of his dad, then ran to have his brother call 911.
J.T. explained, “It was scary, and I didn’t think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying.”
Stephen said he didn’t recall much of the experience, saying, “All I remember is I felt peace. I remember seeing white, like a nice happy day. The clouds were going by, and everything was happy and peaceful.”
In the 911 call recording, Mason is heard encouraging his dad: “Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!” “I can’t,” Stephen responds. Mason says, “I know it hurts but you gotta do it.”
Stephen’s wife, Jodi, then arrived home, noting, “When I got there, I saw my husband underneath a car. My heart just sank, and I didn’t know what to expect.”
Stephen was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition and had 13 broken ribs. He explained, “That’s all they found. Nothing internal was damaged. It was just a miracle.” Two days later, he returned home. Amazing.
A week later, they recorded a video, asking J.T. to jack up the car again, but he couldn’t do it. Many wondered how a 50-pound child could manage it when his dad was pinned. When asked by East Idaho News how he had the strength, he responded, “Angels.”
His dad further explained, “We believe my grandpa, who passed on, and my sister who died were helping him.”
J.T. Parker was given a 2017 East Idaho Real Heroes award by the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho for his amazing heroism.
At the award luncheon, his mom remarked: “This whole thing is a miracle. There’s no other way to describe it.” She added, “There’s no way that little boy could have done that. I just felt that it was a responsibility we now have to tell people that miracles still exist.”
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