Child airlifted to hospital after accident at home

Child airlifted to hospital after accident at home

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

A young child has been airlifted to hospital after reportedly severing part of a finger in an accident.

The toddler, believed to be about 12 months old, is understood to have suffered the injury at their home in Kilmihil this afternoon.

Paramedics responded to an emergency call at around 4.00pm and treated the child at the scene.

The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) was requested to provide an air ambulance to airlift the child to hospital however the helicopter was on another mission at the time.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was asked to operate in an air ambulance role instead.

The helicopter had been on a training mission and had to return to Shannon to refuel. In the meantime, the ambulance transported the child to the airport to meet the helicopter.

The youngster was flown to University Hospital Galway for treatment.

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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.

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