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Moline woman says her adrenaline kicked in when she helped lift car off girl who was hit by vehicle

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MOLINE - "You lose it all everybody put everything you got into lifting this car up for this little girl," said Trish Lang, lift car off girl.

Trish Lang will never forget what she saw Friday morning when she was dropping her son off at school.

"I heard the bang and that was her head hitting the windshield and then about half way across the street she slid off of the hood and down under his car," said Lang.

Like so many kids do every day, the young girl was trying to cross the street down the road from John Deere Middle School.

"I got out and ran over there, mom's screaming, dad's just like how do you get to her, we both go down there and look, her face was very swollen looking and she was not making any noises," said Lang.

Trish knew she needed to take action, she called for others to get out of their cars and help, she knew they needed to lift the car.

"We keep trying and all of a sudden it just felt like more people and the car just rose up and we slid her out," said Lang.

She heard the young girl moan and felt a sigh of relief, she was alive.

Trish says it was adrenaline that took over in the moment.

"Save her, that's really it, how do you save her, what do we have to do, doing anything you can, it's your human instinct of survival," said Lang.

As a mother herself, that instinct was even stronger, "I thought she wasn't gonna make it, I'm so happy she's doing better," said Lang.

The girls' family says she has broken bones and a punctured lung, "It's over, she is safe it just doesn't feel over and I'm sure it doesn't for the parents," said Lang.

Moline parents say they plan to be at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

There have been a petition started to get stop lights at that intersection and crossing guards working during drop off and pick up time.

YOUR HEALTH: Removing the thyroid and hiding the scar

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CHICAGO, Illinois – Mary Bowman is a college professor, teaching health information technology.  But over the past few years, grading papers has become tougher.

"It got to be a headache, with the double vision."

Last year, Mary was diagnosed with Graves' disease: a thyroid condition that causes her eyes to bulge.

Finally, Mary and her doctor decided her thyroid needed to come out, but she had always been afraid she'd have a nasty scar.

"He said that they had a new procedure that you go through the mouth, and I couldn't believe it. I'm like, there's no way."

University of Chicago surgeon Raymon Grogan is one of a handful of U.S. experts using the new technique.

"The first thing we do is make three small incisions on the inside of the lower lip," explained Dr. Grogan.   "Those incisions are midline, and then on each corner of the mouth in order for us to gain access to the neck with laparoscopic instruments."

Surgeons then work underneath the skin to access the thyroid, and remove it through the incision in the mouth.

"There still is a scar, it just happens to be in the inside of the mouth," said Dr. Grogan.   "Those scars on the inside of the mouth tend to heal up so well that after a year you can't even find them."

Mary had a sore throat for several days, but was back to work shortly after surgery.   And now, feels better than ever.

"It's done wonders for me."

NEW TECHNOLOGY:  Standard surgery to remove the thyroid usually results in a two-inch visible throat scar.  A new procedure done through the mouth is now allowing patients to leave with very minimal scarring that isn`t visible.  A handful of U.S. experts are now making small incisions on the inside of the lower lip, midline and on each corner to gain access to the neck with laparoscopic instruments.  Surgeons then work underneath the skin to access the thyroid and remove it through the incision in the mouth.  There is still a scar, however, it`s on the inside of the mouth and sometimes it can heal so well that a year later it is not noticeable.  Patients may experience a sore throat for several days, but complications are rare compared to the open surgery option.  The procedure was first developed in Thailand.

Doctors say complications are rare compared to the open surgery.  For the past 18 months, it has been offered at a handful of U.S. centers with specialized expertise.

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