Boy (10) impaled by iron rod left on the road side

2014-02-11 00:00

DURBAN firemen yesterday described how they cut through a half-metre- long rusted rebar from a concrete slab to free a 10-year-old boy who had become impaled on the road side.

KZN Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said they were called to Umlazi township early on Sunday afternoon.

He said it was unclear how the boy could have landed in the position he was found in.

“The first paramedics to arrive at the scene realised the seriousness of the situation and called for the assistance of the KZN EMS air ambulance, so that the child could be flown to a specialised trauma centre once he had been freed,” McKenzie said in a statement.

He said the eThekwini fire department were also called to assist.

Once freed, the child was flown to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition.

A source told The Witness that the steel rod penetrated the boy’s torso from the right side and exited through his left thigh.

Fire divisional commander Kevin Lindsay said the boy was running when he fell on the rod.

“The rod was attached to a concrete slab which must have been left there on the road side.

“The rod was not visible because of the long grass. We used a bolt cutter to cut the rod from the slab and the boy was airlifted to hospital,” said Lindsay.

He said it did not seem that the boy had damaged any vital organs.

Provincial Health Department spokesperson Sebe Zwane said: “The patient is receiving treatment and care in our health facility”.

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