"HE WAS blue, there was no pulse, he wasn't breathing."
That's how Tammy Newman found her 11-year-old son when a family day out at the farm took a tragic turn.
Troy 'Noy Noy' Newman was left fighting for life after the quad bike he was riding rolled and pinned him underneath.
It's a miracle Noy Noy got to celebrate his 12th birthday last week, after spending more than six months in hospital recovering from the freak accident at Boomi, near Narrabri, in October last year.
He's still living in hospital away from home, he's still in a wheelchair, he's still learning how to walk and talk again, but his family count each day he's with them as a win.
"He makes improvements every single day ... they are little tiny improvements but I will take anything," Mrs Newman told the Leader.
"It's so good to see him now compared to what he was, he was in a really, really bad way ... we are all here with him and it is his determination and willpower that has gotten him this far."
It was a was a sunny spring day when the Newman family packed up and travelled from their Moree home on October 10, last year, to a family farm near Boomi.
The six adventurous Newman children - and one grandchild - were excited to explore the property and spend quality time together.
Noy Noy was riding a quad bike when he leant down to the ground to pick up a hat his little sister had lost.
The bike rolled and pinned him underneath, face-down.
"We didn't know the accident had even happened until his sister came running inside ... they didn't even see Noy Noy, they just saw his bike was tipped over," Mrs Newman said.
"They just started screaming."
Mrs Newman and her husband desperately began CPR as emergency services tried to navigate to the remote property.
Time blurred for Mrs Newman as they worked on reviving her son. A mate from up the road rushed in with a defibrillator. The other terrified children were taken inside. There were people coming and going and phones ringing.
He makes improvements every single day ... they are little tiny improvements but I will take anything.- Tammy Newman, mother
SES crews and ambulance paramedics arrived, and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was urgently called.
Noy Noy was flown to Queensland Children's Hospital, and the Newman family raced to be by his side.
They left their Moree home that night, and it was just three weeks ago that they were transferred to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.
"We have not left his side, not once, so we are extremely tired and exhausted and all of that but we wouldn't dare be anywhere else," Mrs Newman said.
Noy Noy suffered collapsed lungs, broken ribs and a traumatic brain injury, but he is a fighter, and even coughed out his own breathing tube after a couple of weeks in an induced coma.
With Noy Noy now on the long road to recovery, the Neman family has had to move from Moree to Kempsey, where they hope to be able to access the specialist medical care their young son will need.
Noy Noy and his twin sister Tallara should be getting ready to go to high school together next year, but only one of them will be able to.
"It's really hard and heartbreaking," Mrs Newman said. "But, we are extremely proud of Noy Noy and we tell him everyday."
The family has started a fundraising page to help with the mounting costs, which can be found on Facebook.
Welcome visit for footy fan
Noy Noy has spent most of his 12 years of life being a footy fanatic and a fiercely loyal fan to the Knights NRL club.
But, the sporty kid from Moree was forced to readjust his goalposts when he suffered life-threatening injuries in a farm accident last October.
Noy Noy was transferred from Queensland to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle just a few weeks ago.
It was a step forward in his rehabilitation, and gave him the chance to meet up with his idols when Knights players came to visit.
"He was in awe," mum Tammy Newman said.
Noy's precious jersey was signed by the team, before he was invited to watch a game on his birthday weekend.
"They invited him into the tunnel to watch the players run out and ... he had the time of his life," Mrs Newman said.
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