Paramedics battle to save teenage girl

PARAMEDICS battled to save the life of a teenager at a Suffolk school after her heart stopped when she ran into a goalpost.The 13-year-old is being treated in Ipswich Hospital today after suffering a cardiac arrest at Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School.

PARAMEDICS battled to save the life of a teenager at a Suffolk school after her heart stopped when she ran into a goalpost.

The 13-year-old is being treated in Ipswich Hospital today after suffering a cardiac arrest at Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School.

The Year 8 pupil was airlifted to Ipswich Hospital by an East Anglian air ambulance crew after colleagues managed to resuscitate her.

A spokesman at the school today confirmed the girl collapsed while she was playing at lunchtime.

She was immediately attended by school staff who administered resuscitation until paramedics arrived.

The school spokesman said: "The thoughts of all are with her and her family at this most difficult time."

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Emergency services were alerted when the pupil was knocked unconscious just before 1.25pm on Friday.

A rapid response vehicle was first to arrive at the scene in Stoke-by-Nayland's School Street 15 minutes later.

An ambulance crew arrived shortly after followed by the air ambulance helicopter, which flew in just before 2pm to make the mercy dash to hospital.

"When we arrived she was in full cardiac arrest, was unconscious and had stopped breathing," said a spokeswoman for the East Anglian Ambulance Trust.

"The crew got her back. She was breathing but did not regain consciousness."

The teenage victim is also understood to have sustained neck injuries in the accident on the school playing field.

A school spokesman said the pupil had made some progress over the weekend.

The youngster, who has not been named, was still in hospital today where an NHS spokesman described her condition as "comfortable and stable."

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