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Boy trapped in fence loses fight for life

THE teen critically injured in a freak fence accident near his Cork home has lost his battle for life.

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

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.

Leon passed away three days after a freak accident when he fell onto a metal fence in his housing estate in the nearby Orchards in the Compass Hill area of the Cork town.

Funeral arrangements for the teen were expected to be announced later today.

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 just 250m away.

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.