Chatsworth teen fights for life after embankment plunge

2016-09-11 21:43

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Durban - A Chatsworth teenager is fighting for his life in a Durban hospital after being struck on the head and falling down a steep embankment in a case of boyish tomfoolery gone wrong on Sunday.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that reports from the scene suggest that the boy and others had been playing near a railway bridge in Shallcross, Chatsworth.

"Indications are the boy was hit by a rock against the head. He then fell 400 metres down a 45-degree embankment," he said.

"Paramedics and their rescue officer arrived at the scene and found the child to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

"Medics worked fervently at the scene to stabilise the child and after he was placed on a ventilator and spinally immobilised, they had to carry the critically wounded boy back up the embankment to where the ambulance was waiting," Botha added.

He was taken to a specialised hospital in Durban under the care of an advanced life support paramedic.

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