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Toddler (2) rushed to hospital by helicopter following 'freak' accident on farm

Published 23/05/2015 | 14:27

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital

A TODDLER has suffered critical injuries in a freak west Cork farm accident.

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The accident, which occurred shortly before 12 noon, saw the two year old child suffer serious injuries.

The accident is understood to have occurred in the Goleen area.

A local GP raced to the scene and worked with Health Service Executive (HSE) paramedics to stabilise the toddler's condition.

However, such were the nature of the injuries that a decision was made to request an air-transfer to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

The Irish Coastguard worked with gardai and HSE officials to co-ordinate the transfer.

The toddler was transferred by helicopter to CUH with what are described as critical injuries.

The child's distraught parents were also brought to CUH.

No details are known, as yet, as to the circumstances of the incident.

However, gardai have described it as a freak accident on a farm.

The accident occurred after 2014 was described as one of the worst years on record in Ireland for farm tragedies.

A total of 30 people lost their lives, an alarming 87pc increase on 2013.

Nine of those who died were aged over 65 years.

Five of the deaths involved children.

The HSA warned that around 60pc of farm accidents now involve tractor and machinery.

Dairy farms are the most dangerous, accounting for 58pc of all farm

fatalities, despite only making up 17pc of all farms.

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