Pediatric nurse springs into action after 5-year-old hit by SUV

Kirsten Austin, a pediatric nurse at the children’s hospital, was still in her clothes on Tuesday night as she and her husband walked their dog. As she turned the corner on Boyd Street, she noticed a lot of commotion and then learned the unthinkable that a little girl had been hit by an SUV. Austin said she sprang into action then. Austin said she was trained in her doctor’s office on what to do in an emergency, but she never thought she’d use those tool blocks from her front door. A 5-year-old toddler was hit by a car on 81st and Boyd streets on Tuesday. “It was right in front of their house,” Austin said. Austin said that when she saw all the cars and people screaming outside, she announced she was a nurse and was there to help. down, made her breathe,” Austin said. “What she was, thank goodness.” Austin comforted the little girl as they waited for the ambulance to arrive Austin said it was scary “I’d say in and out of consciousness, not moving, eyes closed, sort of whimpering. In and out just the eyes open and closed,” Austin said. “When the fire trucks came, the eyes opened, she still didn’t move, but you could tell she was very scared.” The child was eventually seriously injured and taken to the hospital. A family member I spoke to said the child is doing better, but there is still a long road to recovery. It’s unclear what led to the crash, but Austin said it seemed like she was with other children. “So I think other kids saw it happen and that’s going to be very traumatic,” Austin said. Austin said she didn’t plan on being out that late and the accident happened around sunset.” I’m glad I took half an hour to talk to my neighbors, otherwise I wouldn’t have been here. I’d be done with my walk,” Austin said. The Omaha Police Department is still investigating. Austin said she’s been in contact with the driver and everyone wishes the little girl a speedy recovery.

Kirsten Austin, a pediatric nurse at the children’s hospital, was still in her clothes on Tuesday night as she and her husband walked their dog.

As she turned the corner on Boyd Street, she noticed a lot of commotion and then learned the unthinkable that a little girl had been hit by an SUV.

Austin said she sprang into action then. Austin said she was trained in her doctor’s office on what to do in an emergency, but she never thought she’d use those tool blocks from her front door.

A 5-year-old toddler was hit by a car on 81st and Boyd streets on Tuesday.

“It was right in front of their house,” Austin said.

Austin said that when she saw all the cars and people screaming outside, she announced she was a nurse and was there to help.

“The girl who accidentally hit her gave her to me in her arms and I just walked over to the grass, set her down and made sure she breathed,” Austin said. “What she was, thank goodness.”

Austin comforted the little girl as they waited for the ambulance to arrive. Austin said it was scary.

“I’d say in and out of consciousness, not moving, eyes closed, sort of wailing. In and out just eyes open and closed,” Austin said. “When the fire trucks came, their eyes opened, she still didn’t move, but you could tell she was very scared.”

The child was eventually taken to hospital with serious injuries. A family member I spoke to said the child is doing better, but there is still a long road to recovery. It’s unclear what led to the crash, but Austin said it looked like she was playing with other kids.

“So I think other kids have seen it happen and that’s going to be very traumatic,” Austin said.

Austin said she had no intention of being out this late and that the accident happened around sunset.

“I’m glad I took half an hour to talk to my neighbors, otherwise I wouldn’t have been here. I’d be done with my walk,” Austin said.

The Omaha Police Department is still investigating. Austin said she’s been in touch with the driver and everyone wishes the little girl a speedy recovery.

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