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Boy Fights For Life After 30 Mins Under Ice

Post  Guest on Wed 6 Jan - 22:39

5:38pm UK, Wednesday January 06, 2010

Emma Rowley, Sky News Online

A six-year-old boy is fighting for his life after spending half an hour trapped under the surface of a frozen pond.


The family home of Thomas Hudson, who became trapped in a frozen pond


Thomas Hudson was blue but still alive when he was pulled from the icy waters in Crookham Common, Berkshire, on Tuesday afternoon.

A woman thought to be his mother plunged into the large garden pond to try to rescue him after his playmate raised the alarm.

She was still in the water when firefighters arrived at the scene, near the boy's family’s detached country home.

After the boy was recovered from the pond, medics worked to restart his heart and breathing and he was airlifted to hospital for treatment.

The boy was thought to have walked out onto the ice as he was found not far from the centre of the pond, which measured 60ft (18m) in circumference.

Last night he remained in a critical condition with his parents keeping vigil by his bedside.

Paramedic Hugh Whitaker said firefighters searched for the boy in icy waters for between 20 and 30 minutes before he was found.


Where children have been pulled out of water, as long as the water was icy, they can be revived from a state of respiratory arrest

South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman
"We worked as a team with the fire service to locate the boy in the water and he was pulled out," said Mr Whitaker. "He was in cardiac arrest at the scene.

"It was thought he had been in there for around half an hour. Once he was located he was taken to the air ambulance and on to the John Radcliffe Hospital after being treated by a doctor.

"A woman who went into the water was examined by paramedics at the scene but she did not require hospital treatment."

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the boy's young age, and the water's bitter temperature, could have helped his chances of recovery.



Gareth Wyn Rees

"In our experience, where children have been pulled out of water, as long as the water was icy, they can be revived from a state of respiratory arrest," she said.

"It could be because their metabolism slows down much faster than ours. But it's all touch and go. We are all hoping he makes it through."

Police have launched an investigation into how the boy came to fall into the pond.

:: A firefighter has died after he slipped in the snow and banged his head while walking home from work.

Gareth Wyn Rees, a 50-year-old retained firefighter at Harlech fire station in North Wales, had attended a drill night at the station earlier on Tuesday evening.

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Post  Guest on Sat 9 Jan - 8:12

OMG what a nightmare for the parents. I hope the boy isnt traumatised by it long term

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Post  Guest on Sat 9 Jan - 14:50

Any news on this boy?

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Post  fred on Sat 9 Jan - 17:18

eddie wrote:Any news on this boy?

Not seen anything Eddie, but his parents aren't doctors so it wouldn't make the news if a poor pleb childs fell under the ice (Sorry I'm in a very cynical mood tonight)

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Post  Guest on Sat 9 Jan - 22:00

fred wrote:
eddie wrote:Any news on this boy?

Not seen anything Eddie, but his parents aren't doctors so it wouldn't make the news if a poor pleb childs fell under the ice (Sorry I'm in a very cynical mood tonight)

I understand Fred, I am feeling a bit hopeless about the McCann case at the moment.

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