Boy in critical condition after fall at Sydney primary school

The Sydney Morning Herald

Mary Ward

May 11 2010

An eight-year-old boy has been flown to hospital in a critical condition after a fall at Mona Vale Public School on Sydney's northern beaches on Monday.

The boy is understood to have hit his head and gone into cardiac arrest.

A young boy suffered a cardiac arrest after a fall in the schoolyard at Mona Vale Public School, Sydney.

The CareFlight rapid response helicopter was called to the school about 11.30am.

"He was in a critical condition after sustaining a head injury falling from a height," a CareFlight spokeswoman said.

"[He] injured his head on the way down," she said.

The Department of Education said in a statement on Monday that the boy was running "down a sloping area of the playground".

"The student was not on play equipment at the time of the incident."

The boy was given first aid by staff at the school, who called emergency services and notified the boy's parents.

 "Counselling support is available for students and staff," the statement said.

The boy was flown to the Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick.

Police told the Herald that, while they attended the scene initially, they would not be investigating.

NSW Ambulance also attended before the boy was flown across the city for emergency treatment.


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