A five-year-old boy was left lying on the side of the road with a bone sticking out of his leg after a hit-and-run incident late on Saturday evening.
Noah Rae Kenna from Tallaght, is recovering in hospital today after surgery on his awful injuries after being run over on Fortunestown Lane at around 8.30pm.
His mother Jennifer is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Through tears, she told how little Noah now thinks that if he gets hurt again, he will die and go to heaven.
"He's only a small little fella. No child should be thinking those things. It's terrible," she told the Herald.
Noah, who lives in the Mac Uilliam estate in Tallaght and only started school last week, was with a group of older boys when the incident happened.
"Some neighbours called to my door and told me he had been knocked down. It felt like the longest run in my life to get to him," Jennifer said.
"All I could do was hold him. I lay down with him and put his head in my lap and rubbed his little face. He was in agony."
Still in shock from the incident, Jennifer called for witnesses to help find the driver.
"How could anyone drive off and leave a child on the road like that. Do they not have children or nieces or nephews?
"I'm looking for answers and for people to come forward with information.
"The bone was sticking out of Noah's leg, and there are tyre marks on his other leg. He had to have surgery and I think the surgeons put metal rods in his leg," Jennifer said.
"He has a cast going all the way up his leg now, and he'll probably be in hospital until Thursday."
Photographs provided by his family show Noah in his hospital bed, where he is under the care of the medical staff in Crumlin.
His right leg is bandaged from toe to groin, and bruising can be seen above and on his left knee after being run over.
Noah's friends were not able to give a description of the car, and gardaí are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with dash-cam footage, who were on the road around the time of the incident to come forward.
"Gardaí in Tallaght are appealing for witnesses in relation to a hit-and-run collision that occurred on Saturday, September 12, at approximately 8.30pm," they said in a statement.
"Anyone who was in the vicinity of Fortunestown Lane between 8pm and 9pm on Saturday should make contact," the statement said.
"Gardaí are particularly appealing to any road users who may have dash-cam footage, and who were driving in the Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght area, to make it available to them.
"Anyone with any information should contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station," the statement concluded.
It is understood CCTV from commercial premises in the area of Fortunestown Lane is also being sought and examined as gardaí try to trace the car involved.