Eight-year-old boy lifts 3,000lb car off dad in 'miracle' rescue

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An eight-year-old boy has saved his father from being crushed to death by the family car after it slipped off its jack.

J.T. Parker saw the Toyota Prius crush his father Stephen Parker at their home in Sugar City, Idaho, breaking 13 of his ribs in July last year.

In a bid to free his dad, the 50lb boy adjusted the jack and began jumping up and down on the handle for 15 minutes to lift the car.

Parker told East Idaho News: "It was scary, and I didn't think that I could jack the car up, but I just kept on trying."

Stephen Parker said: "I yelled to J.T. on the other side of the car, 'Jack it up quick! Jack it up quick!'.

"I couldn't move at all. 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."

Once the car had been lifted, Parker was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition, although he suffered no internal damage.

Jodi Parker, J.T's mother, said: "This whole thing is a miracle. There's no other way to describe it.

"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."

The Red Cross honoured the eight-year-old as one of the East Idaho Real Heroes on Thursday.