Photo: Pope Blessing Claire Hill
3-year old Claire Hill, was blessed in 2008 by Pope Benedict during his visit to Australia, when her parents held her up to his passing motor car on World Youth Day. They considered themselves fortunate to have gotten so close to the Pope but now wonder if that blessing resulted in a miracle that saved their daughter.
The toddler was run over by her father’s 22-passenger bus that caught her under the back wheels. She not only survived, she suffered no serious injuries or even a broken bone – the only evidence of the accident are the very visible tire marks on her stomach.
Her father was getting gas when he starting driving off and didn’t notice the youngster had gotten out of the vehicle, only realizing it after people started screaming. He got out of the vehicle to find his daughter pinned under and that he had run her over.
She went to the hospital only for observations with a few bumps and bruises and is expected to make a full recovery.