Boy critical after school railing 'ride'

2012-08-16 09:42

Johannesburg - A 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after he fell from a staircase railing at his school in Potchefstroom.

Beeld reported that Francois Markram was flown to hospital after he lost his balance and fell about one-and-a-half metres from a railing.

Another pupil said Markram was trying to slide down the railing with his backpack on his back when he fell. A girl tried to grab hold of him but it was too late.

The boy’s heart stopped beating and paramedics had to resuscitate him.

He was taken to hospital where his ruptured spleen was removed.

Markram had just recovered from a serious accident last year, when he was trapped under a firefighting vehicle on his parents’ farm and had to spend months on crutches.

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  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-16 09:59

    One and a half metres? Softy. But hope he gets better.

      Blackpoison - 2012-08-16 10:03

      You can break your neck on 1.5m, depending on how you fall.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-08-16 10:41

      Boys will be boys. Good luck budddy!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-16 10:53

      Let's see how long it takes before someone blames the school, religion or Vervoerd...

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-16 20:41

      Danny, you're talking about a child here. Not your drinking buddies. Did you notice that the little guy had a serious injury recently before? Think before you make hurtful comments like these man.

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-08-16 10:04

    Geez I thought he fell one and a half storeys... Get better buddy. And don't do it again!

  • trevor.pittie - 2012-08-16 10:04

    probably landed on his head

  • kaz.hse.7 - 2012-08-16 10:41

    None of you even saw he suffered a ruptured spleen from this? No-one saw he had to be resuscitated after flat lining?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-16 10:54

      We did Kaz, and we feel very sorry for him, its just that falling 1.5m seems low for such injuries to a boy...

  • grant.hide - 2012-08-16 10:51

    Obs needs to have a safety cage built around him.

  • kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2012-08-16 11:34

    - Bad luck falling 1.5m and sustaining such bad injuries. Get well soon!

  • wendy.bertuolo - 2012-08-16 12:58

    My thoughts are with the family, it sounds like they have been through a rough time. Hope the little boy recovers from this.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-16 13:46

    Poor kid!! hope he's ok!! hang in there little one!! your a tough guy!!!

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