Monday 14 October 2019

Fears teen who fell in snow could be paralysed

A deer pictured in Phoenix Park. Photo: Conor McCabe.
A deer pictured in Phoenix Park. Photo: Conor McCabe.

Ralph Riegel

A teenager will be assessed at a special Dublin spinal injuries centre amid concerns he could be left paralysed after a freak fall while out walking in the snow in Cork.

The 19-year-old is feared to have suffered life-changing injuries after falling awkwardly on his neck and head.

Initial reports indicated he stood on a low wall to get a better view of the snow-covered rooftops in Cork city.

The teen was in a serious condition in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after the freak accident, which occurred in the Lotabeg area of Mayfield on the north side of Cork city shortly after 3pm on Thursday.

However, the teen is now being transferred to Dublin for specialist spinal assessment and treatment. There are concerns he has fractured key vertebrae in his neck.

Sources indicated the injury is not life-threatening but is likely to prove life-changing.

It is understood the teen was out for a walk with his father when the accident occurred.

Irish Independent

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