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Thursday 21 August 2014

Boy trapped in fence loses fight for life

Published 29/01/2014 | 02:30

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The scene of the accident in Kinsale, Cork, where Leon Connon, inset, got his head trapped in one of the railings
The scene of the accident in Kinsale, Cork, where Leon Connon, inset, got his head trapped in one of the railings

A SPORTS-mad teenager who was critically injured in a freak fence accident has lost his three-day battle for life.

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Leon Connon (14) had his oxygen supply cut when his head and neck accidentally got wedged in a metal fence in Kinsale, Co Cork, last Saturday evening.

The accident happened not far from his home at The Orchards in the Compass Hill area of the Cork town.

Leon, a second year student at Kinsale Community College, died in Cork University Hospital (CUH).

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His heartbroken parents, Dearbhail and Frank, were by his bedside. They were being comforted by friends and neighbours.

Funeral arrangements for the teenager will be announced later today.

Leon, who suffered from mild asthma, was playing with friends when he suddenly complained of feeling unwell.

He fainted and collapsed with his head and neck getting wedged in an upright curved portion of the fence.

Family and neighbours tried to free him, and he was rushed to hospital after the fire service cut away some of the fence to help his treatment.

Ralph Riegel

Irish Independent

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