A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl who survived being hurled from the bonnet of a car before being crushed under its wheels has been described as 'a little miracle'.

Doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital said they were amazed three-year-old Isobelle Milligan, who was airlifted for treatment from near Ewood Park, survived her ordeal.


Mum Carla, 25, is now calling for the narrow street behind the Jack Walker Stand where the incident happened to be sealed off with residents only gates at either end to prevent any repeat of the horrific incident.

The mother-of-two said she watched in horror as her daughter was knocked down and frantically chased the car up the street calling for it to stop.

She was forced to abandon her 17-week-old baby Scarlett in her pushchair as she raced to save her daughter, who suffered head injuries in the incident which happened in Nuttal Street, next to the Blackburn Rovers' Ground on Friday.

As the youngster recovered at the specialist Liverpool hospital, local councillor Maureen Bateson said she will raise the issue with council traffic chiefs at a meeting on Thursday to discuss the performance of the new £4.1 million Ewood Gyratory System on Bolton Road which Nuttall Street runs behind.

Yesterday Mrs Milligan said Isobelle was recovering well after two days in the critical care ward despite head injuries, a bruised lung and a small bleed to her liver.

The three-year-old has undergone plastic surgery and faces more to reduce lifelong scarring and possible neuro-surgery if feeling and movement on the right side of her forehead fails to return.

Mrs Milligan, a nursery nurse, said: "The doctors call her the little miracle.

"They thought it was going to be really bad or fatal.

"Isobelle will be permanently scarred.

"She was crushed by the front and back wheels. She will be staying in hospital for a while.

"Her whole head was split open and you could see her skull.

"They are not sure whether they have been able to save the nerves on the side of her face."

The incident happened as the family was leaving their home in Bolton Road, Ewood, to get to their car to take Isobelle to nursery school.

Mrs Milligan said: "She stepped out and then tried to run out of the way. The car just took her.

"I went after the car and shouted stop. Then the lady braked with Isobelle on the bonnet and she went under both sets of wheels.

"The doctors said she was lucky to survive.

"I was barely a hand grab away from Isobelle. I was standing right next to her."

Medical staff from the nearby GP surgery came out to help and paramedics were alerted to the scene.

Mrs Milligan said she never lets her daughter play out at the back because the road is so dangerous..

It is used as a short-cut by drivers turning off the main A666 and down Tweed Street to get to houses and shops in Bolton Road.

She said: "It is a one-way street with speed bumps but there is no pavement at all outside the back gate.

"Drivers use it as a short cut to get up to houses and shops on Bolton Road, towards Blackburn centre, and it is really bad on Rovers matchdays.

"There are lots of cars and fans take our residents' only parking spaces.

"Really there should be a barrier or gate that only residents have a key to as no-one other than residents needs to use the back street."

Ewood ward's Cllr Bateson said: "I am aware of a long-standing issue of drivers using Twist Street and Nuttall Street as a short cut which this horrific accidents has highlighted.

"I shall raise it with council officers at a meeting on Thursday examining how the new road system is working."

Blackburn with Darwen regeneration boss Phil Riley said: "Our best wishes go out the the family for Isobelle's swift recovery.

"We will look at what has happened and see what lessons can be learned."

A Blackburn Rovers spokesman said: “We are aware that discussions are taking place with the local authority regarding the road, which is not owned by the club.

"We will monitor the situation going forward.”

Mrs Milligan said: "Isobelle is amazingly brave for a three-year-old. Nobody can believe it."

Dad Nathan Milligan, a 25-year-old student plumber, has pledged to raise funds for Alder Hey to thank staff for their care.

He said: "I just heard a massive scream - high pitched and it went right down my spine.

"When I looked out all I could see was my little daughter Scarlett.

"I ran out. I just saw Isobelle on the floor.

"I saw her head gaping open and it was the most horrible thing I've ever ever seen.

"All she kept saying was: 'Daddy'."