Boy, 8, critically injured during rugby game

2011-05-05 19:03
Cape Town - An 8-year-old boy is in a critical condition in the Netcare Unitas Hospital in Pretoria after he was injured while playing rugby at his primary school in Pretoria North on Thursday, paramedics said.

The events leading up to the injury remain unclear, but it is thought that the boy was injured when he attempted to tackle another player, Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said.

Paramedics arrived at the scene to find the semi conscious child on the field. He had sustained serious spinal trauma as well as a significant head injury.

The boy was airlifted to the Netcare Unitas Hospital for specialist treatment.

Meanwhile, in another incident in Sinoville, Pretoria, a 10-year-old schoolboy was seriously injured when a scrum collapsed during a rugby game.

Netcare911 paramedics rushed from the first incident to the second child and also found him lying on the field, Wicks said.

The boy had sustained head and spinal trauma and was transported by ambulance to the same hospital for further care.

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