59-year-old Walter Smalls has been taking his grandson, six-year-old Bradley Reid, out in the woods on his ATV for years.
The last time started like all others. They put on their helmets and headed out. About a mile from home, Bradley said he saw something. When Walter turned to look, the ATV hit something. Walter was able to push Bradley off the ATV, but it then rolled and landed on Walter’s leg.
At first, young Bradley attempted to push the ATV off of his grandfather. When that didn’t work, the child tried to DIG Walter out using only his tiny, bare hands. Bradley even considered walking, on his own, to get help but it was too far.
The pair soon realized, however, that Walter was stuck. The pain became excruciating as gasoline began leaking into Walter’s wounds. The pair had no food, no water, no cell phone and no shade.
As Walter began passing out from the pain, Bradley stayed by his side and comforted him, “I told him I love him and that I’m not scared and I would take him to hospital.” Walter says, “Bradley was there keeping me awake, keeping the flies and bugs off me.”
The next morning, they heard a truck coming by. The driver completely ignored Bradley’s screams. At this point, Walter was so desperate to save Bradley, and himself, he contemplated cutting off his own leg.
That evening they, again, heard a car on the gravel. This time the person stopped at the sight of Bradley. “He said, ‘Never mind me, my poppy’s hurt bad,”’ says Walter.