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Holiday misery for hurt schoolgirl

PUBLISHED: 15:20 11 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

By Georgina James

AN IPSWICH girl has had her summer holiday cut short after severely gashing her foot while playing in the paddling pool at an Ipswich park.

Terri Harper, seven, who attends Whitton primary school had only been at Bourne Park for approximately ten minutes when she cut her foot on an oyster shell.

AN IPSWICH girl has had her summer holiday cut short after severely gashing her foot while playing in the paddling pool at an Ipswich park.

Terri Harper, seven, who attends Whitton primary school had only been at Bourne Park for approximately ten minutes when she cut her foot on an oyster shell.

Terri's mother Melanie said: "Suddenly Teri came hobbling towards me screaming, with her foot pouring with blood."

Mrs Harper and her sister took prompt action and bandaged her daughter's foot and took her straight to Ipswich hospital for examination.

In order to clean up the foot, the doctor had to give Terri a general anaesthetic, which meant she had to stay in hospital overnight.

Mrs Harper is very angry about the incident and although realises that accidents do happen, feels that the paddling pool and playing area should be checked on a more regular basis.

"There was a lot of broken glass and bottles in the grass area, which could have also badly cut someone.

"The park warden said that they check the park every morning, but I don't feel that is adequate," said Mrs Harper.

Terri has five stitches in the three-inch gash to her right foot and has been affected by the incident.

"I don't want to come to the park again and I never want to go swimming," she said.

Mrs Harper said that it had been difficult to get her daughter back to the park in order to have her photograph taken for this article.

"This has ruined her holiday and she is unable to enjoy the rest of the summer as she finds it very difficult to get around and the foot is still very sore" said Mrs Harper.

A spokesman for the Ipswich borough council said: "Firstly we would like to say how sorry we are after hearing about Terri Harper's accident.

"Health and Safety is the council's top priority and we would like to stress that the paddling pool in Bourne Park is checked on a daily basis by the park warden.

"We would urge members of the public to contact the council as soon as they are aware of any public facilities that they believe to be dangerous or that have been the subject of vandalism.

"Somebody from the council will be getting in touch with the family to offer them some complimentary leisure tickets.

"Finally, we would like to wish Terri all the best in her recovery and hope that she is better as soon as possible."

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