Monday 21 April 2014

Teen who trapped head in railing loses battle for life

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 teen critically injured in a freak fence accident has lost his three day battle for life.

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.

The teen, a second year student at Kinsale Community College, died in Cork University Hospital (CUH) with his parents, Dearbhail and Frank, by his bedside.

His parents were said to be heartbroken and were being comforted by friends and neighbours.

Funeral arrangements for the teen will be announced later today (Wednesday).

The accident happened as Leon was playing with friends near a 1.3m curved railing which marks the edge of the estate by a short cut to a right of way.

Leon, who suffered from mild asthma, suddenly complained of feeling unwell and walked over to the metal fence.

He rested against the fence and then apparently got sick.

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

His friends were unable to lift him off the fence and ran to alert his mother who lives some 250m away.

Leon’s father was at work.

The rescue operation was initially hampered by the darkness with neighbours having to use the headlights of parked cars to illuminate the scene so Leon could be taken off the fence.

Kinsale Fire Brigade cut away a section of fencing to ease Leon’s treatment at the scene.

The teen had no pulse and was not breathing when he was lifted free of the fence but paramedics were able to get him breathing before he was transferred to CUH.

A Chelsea fan, Leon was also interested in rugby and martial arts.

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