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Boy recovering after going under rototiller

Steve Barnhart says it’s a miracle his young son survived a gruesome farm accident last week in North Idaho.

“We expect a full recovery,” the father said today, adding that the family wants to thank the public for an outpouring of support and prayers.

The 4-year-old boy, Tytus, was sitting on a tractor pulling a 7-foot-wide rototiller when he fell off Thursday evening. The tiller rolled over the child, fracturing his skull and causing several large cuts.

Barnhart, who said he has training as a nurse, rushed to the unconscious boy and got him breathing again. He gave his son life support until medics arrived at the field, in Bonner County 12 miles north of Silverwood Theme Park.

Tytus is recovering at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He suffered two skull fractures but shows no signs of brain injury, nor any neck, back or intestinal injuries, Barnhart said. The boy is breathing fine and talking, he added.

“He’s watching ‘Bambi’ right now,” the father said.

Tytus was scheduled to have surgery on humerus, the upper arm bone, today. He should be released from the intensive care unit later today, Barnhart said.

“It was just a miracle,” the father said. “It had to be a God thing. We’re really grateful for all those people who prayed for him.”