12 June 2011 Last updated at 10:02 ET
Girl aged 10 impaled on railings in Sunderland
It took rescuers more than two hours to cut the girl free
A 10-year old Wearside girl has had emergency surgery
after becoming impaled on metal railings.
Caitlin Brown fell from a tree and landed on railings near her home in
Gainsborough Square, Sunderland.
One of the railings pierced her stomach and shoulder and it took rescuers
more than two hours to cut her free. They praised her courage.
She was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) with part of the
railing still in her body.
Keith Trotter of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “She is an
incredibly brave young lady who showed extraordinary courage.
“Her parents were there throughout so that helped her, but she was very, very
Mr Trotter said the rescue operation was delicate for the three crews in
He added: “Due to the nature of the impalement it was a very difficult
operation in as much as the crews had to support her weight throughout.
“The little girl could not be laid down so the crews had to carry her in the
same position all the way to the ambulance which was about 250ft away. That was
the closest it could get.”
The railing has now been removed and the girl is said to be responding well
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
3192395 29655 59
her path of destiny = 59 = Impaled. Salvaging what remains.