Wednesday 29 March 2017

Toddlers fight for life after pond fall

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

TWO toddlers were fighting for their lives in hospital last night after they plunged into a pond in a freak accident at one of the boys' homes.

The father of one of the 18-month-olds managed to pull them out of the water after they fell into a pond in front of the house at Murrintown, Co Wexford.

John Doyle and his wife Danielle were said to be "distraught" last night as they kept a bedside vigil for their baby. The identities of the other boy's parents are unknown.

It is understood that Mr Doyle was minding his own son and a neighbour's baby at his home on Redshire Road. But he turned his back for a minute and discovered, to his horror, that the children had fallen into the pond.

He saved the toddlers from drowning in the frightening accident, which happened at around 3.30pm on Tuesday.

The boys were rushed by ambulance to Wexford General Hospital. They were stabilised and moved to Crumlin Children's Hospital in Dublin, where they are being given round-the-clock medical attention.

They remained in hospital last night. A hospital spokesman said he could not give out any information on the condition of the infants.

Distraught

A Murrintown local said that Mr Doyle was "distraught and shocked" by what happened.

"It looks like he took his eyes off them for two seconds and they got out. That's the way it is when they're toddlers, you turn your back and they're gone," he added.

It is believed Mr Doyle is a nurse himself, and assisted the boys at the scene.

Irish Independent

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