A MUM has described the horrific moment she heard her son had been impaled on a fence after plunging from a tree.
Lewis Rust of Orrell was climbing trees with friends in Alexandra Park, Newtown, last Tuesday morning, when he became stuck in one of the high branches.
When I got the phone call I nearly passed out. A work colleague drove me to Alexander park where I was immediately met with four fire engines, two police vans and an ambulanceAnn-Marie Grogan
Desperately, he attempted to move to the edge but slipped, plunged to the ground, piercing his calf on the metal spikes of a fence before crashing to the ground.
His concerned friends Jordan and Blake raced to raise the alarm as Lewis, a pupil at Orrell Holgate, lay bleeding on the ground.
Mum Ann-Marie Grogan said: “When I got the phone call I nearly passed out. A work colleague drove me to Alexander park where I was immediately met with four fire engines, two police vans and an ambulance.
“Firefighters were cutting Lewis free from behind he fence and three council workers and a dog walker helped to comfort him and keep him calm.
“When he was free he was rushed to the hospital where the doctors and nurses were wonderful. He had bruises to every part of his body possible, he fractured his right wrist and had a horrendous wound to his left leg which was so deep you could see his artery pulsating.”
After Lewis had been seen by doctors in A&E he was transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital for emergency surgery.
He was moved onto the burns unit as he was put under the plastic surgery team. The youngster was told he had been extremely lucky as he had ripped through his skin, his fat and skimmed his muscle during the fall, narrowly missing all major veins and his artery.
Lewis is now undergoing physiotherapy evaluations before he can return to his normal routine.
Ann-Marie explained: “Lewis wasn’t that scared at first, he said that all the people who helped him at the time took his mind off it by making jokes about him wearing a Chelsea kit.
“It has only been in the last day or two that he has become very teary as reality over what he has done and how lucky he has been has finally hit him. The doctors said that they cannot see there being long term problems, which is such a relief.
“But Lewis is more upset that he can not start back at school this week and also that he won’t be able to play football for a while.”
Ann-Marie wants to thank everybody who rallied round to help little that day.
She said: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped him. His friends, Blake and Jordan, the dog walker, whose name I did not get, all of the emergency workers, the garage who rang the ambulance and the three council workers; Billy Hogan, John holding and Shane McGartland.
“They all sat with Lewis and made sure he was okay and comforted him until the emergency services got there.
“And since the incident all of them have contacted me one way or another asking how Lewis is.
“It doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened if he didn’t have friends that had run for help and found the good people who did help him.”
Now Ann-Marie has also warned other youngsters to be extra vigilant when out climbing trees.
“As Lewis says, he will leave the tree climbing to the monkeys from now on.”