Nine-year-old girl “very lucky” after being impaled on railings

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A nine-year-old girl has been labelled “very lucky” after she was impaled on railings as she played.

Emergency services were called to Sefton Road in Heysham at about 7.50pm on Sunday, where the youngster was impaled on railings after a fall.

She suffered a stomach puncture but paramedics said it was not life-threatening and she was “very lucky”.

Fire crews gave first aid at the scene and stabilised the child, before ambulance crews arrived.

Paramedics then treated the girl for stomach injuries, before she was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool by air ambulance.

Both the North West Air Ambulance and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) were called to the incident, due to its severity and the on-board doctor and blood and drug supplies which GNAAS carries.

A statement from Great North Air Ambulance said: “The patient was given advanced pain relief before being flown by GNAAS into Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The flight took 20 minutes and the patient was stable on arrival.”

Senior aircrew paramedic Andy Mawson said: “She was very lucky. It could quite easily have been much worse.

“The crew would like to thank our fellow emergency workers and also the little girl and her dad for being so calm and brave during what was obviously a very traumatic experience.”

Crews were at the scene for around 50 minutes.