Mother explains what saved her toddler's life after NE Austin auto/pedestrian accident

A toddler is continuing to recover after being hit by a car in Northeast Austin Sunday night. (Photo courtesy: Keona Johnson)

A toddler is continuing to recover after being hit by a car in Northeast Austin Sunday night.

It happened on Cameron Road just north of Hwy 183 around 10:30 p.m.

Keona Johnson was pushing her daughter, 20-month-old J'Myza, across the intersection when she says a car came flying through and struck her daughter who was riding in a stroller.

The stroller rolled several times, leaving J'Myza limp and unconscious, according to Johnson. "I don't remember much," Johnson said. "All I remember is seeing my daughter kind of phase out."

Johnson believes a metal a bar on the side of the stroller and a seat belt helped save her daughter's life. "If she would have never been buckled up, she would have flown out and she would have been gone," she said.

Johnson says she began to panic after the accident, but snapped out of it, performed CPR and revived J'Myza as they waited for medics to arrive. "She just started screaming, and I ain't never been so happy to hear my baby cry," Johnson said.

J'Myza survived with just a few scrapes and bruises and a fractured elbow. Johnson says the driver stopped and apologized for the accident she's thankful wasn't worse.

On Monday, Johnson shared a video on Facebook showing the toddler alert and in good spirits as she continues to recover at Dell Medical Children's Hospital in Austin.

"We've been through a lot, a whole lot ever since she been born, and she's only one," she said.

Johnson doesn't consider J'Myza's survival a miracle, but a blessing. "God knows that that's my gift, that's what keep me going every day so he didn't want to take her away from me. I think God just wanted to see how good of a mom I was," Johnson said.

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