British boy, 5, fighting for life after car crash during Christmas family visit to Italy

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A five-year-old British boy is fighting for his life in an Italian hospital after being seriously injured when a car he was travelling in was hit by a lorry. 

Dominic Boschetti is from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, but had travelled to Italy to spend Christmas with his father, Guiseppe. 

The car they were travelling in collided with a lorry in Montichiari, Italy, on 22 December, as they were on their way to visit Dominic’s grandparents.

Dominic was dragged from the vehicle and given CPR by his father, who himself suffered severe leg injuries. The boy has since been placed in a medically induced coma.

His family has released a photo of Dominic in hospital and launched a GoFundMe page to help with the family with the aftermath of the accident. It has raised more than £16,000 so far.

His mother, Jordan, 43, has given up her job to be at her son’s bedside.

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Dominic Boschetti was seriously injured in a car crash in Italy. (GoFundMe)

An update from the family on Monday said that Dominic is off a ventilator but remains in a critical condition.

His family said they are living a “terrible nightmare”.

Despite shattering his legs in the crash, Guiseppe managed to rescue his son from the back seat and perform CPR.

Corin Hetherington, who is Dominic’s uncle and Jordan’s brother, told WorcestershireLive: "Unfortunately, there is no improvement yet.

"Dominic's eyes are open, but he doesn't seem there. It's like a terrible nightmare."

Hetherington, who is also in Italy, said: "Jordan is with Dominic and like a rock. 

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Dominic Boschetti's mother Jordan has gone to be at his bedside. (Reach)

“She is being extremely strong and never cries in front of her son. She is amazing.

"He is off the ventilator but he is still in a coma and Guiseppe will be sent to a specialist hospital next week to begin rehabilitation on his shattered legs."

Hetherington praised Guiseppe for his bravery and quick-thinking which saved Dominic's life at the crash scene after the boy suffered a cardiac arrest.

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Dominic Boschetti was with his father on a Christmas family trip in Italy when they were in a car crash. (Reach/GoFundMe)

"They don't know yet if Guiseppe can walk. I still physically can't believe how he managed to get Dominic from the car with how his legs are," he said.

"Maybe it was adrenaline or the love for his son to protect him, I don't know."

Hetherington thanked those who had donated to the GoFundMe page to help.

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Five-year-old Dominic Boschetti is fighting for his life in a hospital in Italy. (Reach)

"There is a wave of support behind us willing Dominic to get better," he said. 

"We want everyone to know how much we appreciate the love and support.

"The amount of love, support and amazing generosity we have received is nothing short of amazing."

To donate to the GoFundMe appeal, click here.

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