Young girl airlifted to hospital from North Clare

Young girl airlifted to hospital from North Clare


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The young girl was airlifted to hospital by the Irish Coast Guard – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A young girl was airlifted to hospital on Sunday after being overcome by fumes at her home in Co Clare.

The alarm was raised at around 4.30pm when a call to the emergency services reported the the 6-year-old was suffering from breathing difficulties.

HSE ambulance paramedics and gardaí responded to the incident in Ennistymon while the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter was also requested to assist.

After being assessed by medics, it was established that the child may have accidentally inhaled a chemical, possibly bleach.

Members of the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard were mobilised to prepare a safe landing area for the rescue helicopter.

The youngster was taken by ambulance to the GAA field in Ennistymon where the helicopter was waiting to airlift her to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The child’s condition is not yet known.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.