Fall girl family tribute to air rescue crew
THE family of a young girl who fell down an embankment and was airlifted to hospital have paid tribute to the emergency services for their response.
Kayleigh Crook, of George Road, was playing with some friends in Tagg Wood when she slipped and took a fall of about 10 metres just after 4pm on August 13.
The 11-year-old landed on her back, and was airlifted to Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Paramedics, police and the mountain rescue volunteers were called to the scene, and it was feared that she may have suffered a major trauma to her spine.
However it was later confirmed that she had not broken any bones, and her condition had improved and she has now been discharged from hospital.
Kayleigh later posted on the GMP Bury North Facebook page and said: “I’m fine very sore legs and back though thanks for all of the support guys had a terrible tragedy today, I really appreciate all of the support.”
Her mother, Kirsty Hayes, praised the work of the emerg-ency services who arrived at the scene.
She said: “I want to thank you all for the wonderful work you did today for my daughter. She’s okay thankfully. I’m so grateful for every-thing.”
Michael Hayes, Kayleigh’s grandfather, said: “The situation was getting worse because she couldn’t feel her legs and toes and she was getting cold and we were worrying about her back and legs.
“There were quite a few ambulances there, and it was worrying to see them like that, especially when you can’t hold them and they can’t move.”
PC Angela Freuden-berger, Ramsbottom’s neighbourhood officer who attended the scene, said it required a significant amount of man power to help Kayleigh up from her fall.
She said: “She was out playing with her friends and just slipped and fell on her back.
“She couldn’t feel her legs properly, and there was quite a lot of emergency services there and they did a great job.”
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