Boy saved father from raging bull
Published 10/06/2011 | 00:09
A schoolboy saved his father's life by jumping behind the wheel of a tractor and chasing off a raging bull that was attacking him.
Tom Phillips, 10, of Abergavenny, mid Wales, watched in horror as the 2,000lb Limousin bull savaged his father.
The schoolboy darted into the cab of a tractor at the family's 100-acre Ash Cross farm when the bull attacked as they worked in a field together. Tom then bravely decided to start up the tractor and drive it at the raging beast which had already mauled his father.
Andrew Phillips, 46, was unconscious and appeared dead when his son bravely decided to intervene.
Despite never having driven the tractor before, Tom's timely intervention turned out to be a life-saver.
He guided the tractor slowly towards the bull and nudged it away before the heavyweight monster could trample his father. He then jumped out of the cab and ran to the farmhouse to alert his mother who quickly called the emergency services.
Amanda Phillips, 39, a qualified first aider, then rushed to her husband's side but was unable to find a pulse.
Paramedics in an air ambulance arrived on the scene to find he had 10 broken ribs and internal injuries but was still alive. An RAF rescue team flew him to hospital where he was kept for two weeks, initially in intensive care. He has now been released home.
"Andrew only survived because of Tom's amazing reactions. He's my little hero. I can't tell you how proud I am of him," his mother told BBC Wales online.
"He idolises his dad and he was sure the bull had killed him and was about to trample over his body. We don't let him drive the tractor but he's obviously watched Andrew behind the wheel often enough so he knew what to do."