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Abandoned trolley injures schoolgirl

PUBLISHED: 11:10 27 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

A YOUNGSTER playing on Rushmere Heath cracked her head open on a supermarket trolley left by unthinking litter bugs.

Nine-year-old Eleanor Marsh was playing with friends on the outskirts of the Heath when she fell from a rope swing they had made.

A YOUNGSTER playing on Rushmere Heath cracked her head open on a supermarket trolley left by unthinking litter bugs.

Nine-year-old Eleanor Marsh was playing with friends on the outskirts of the Heath when she fell from a rope swing they had made.

As she hit the floor she smacked the back of her head on an abandoned shopping trolley leaving her with a two inch gash right down to the skull.

Her shocked mother Michele said she wanted the people who left the trolley on the Heath to think again about the dangers of leaving that kind of rubbish around.

The Bucklesham School pupil from Melbourne Road, Rushmere is now having two days rest at home because of the injury which Mrs Marsh said could have been so much worse.

She was at work on Saturday afternoon when the accident happened and said she rushed straight to the hospital when husband Chris phoned her and told her.

She said: "Eleanor never makes a fuss, she is always falling off her bike and she just gets up and brushes herself down.

"But when I heard her screaming in the background when Chris phoned I knew it must be bad."

Eleanor did not even realise to start with that she had cracked her head open until a friend pointed out the blood.

They went back to her friends house and phoned Eleanor's father who then took her straight to Accident and Emergency at Heath Road.

Mrs Marsh said she was in shock all Saturday night to think what might have been.

She said: "There was a lot of blood and the nurse said that the cut was deep.

"I went round to have a look and you could actually see the skull through it.

"If it could have been a couple of millimetres deeper it could have been horrendous."

Nurses at the hospital were able to glue the scalp together rather than using stitches or staples so at the moment Eleanor is mostly pain free.

But it has put her off playing on the rope swing with the rest of her friends for a while.

Mrs Marsh said that the Rushmere Commoners Association were now getting the trolley removed themselves as the land is private.

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