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Tree fall boy rushed to hospital

PUBLISHED: 13:15 21 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy is in hospital today after falling 10 feet from a tree and suffering head injuries when he hit the footpath below.

The boy, named today by a neighbour as Daniel Rowe, a pupil at Needham Market Middle School, was found lying on the tarmac footpath at the entrance to Needham Market Community Centre at 6pm yesterday.

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy is in hospital today after falling 10 feet from a tree and suffering head injuries when he hit the footpath below.

The boy, named today by a neighbour as Daniel Rowe, a pupil at Needham Market Middle School, was found lying on the tarmac footpath at the entrance to Needham Market Community Centre at 6pm yesterday.

He was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment, but has since been transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge which specialises in head injuries.

Daniel was discovered when a group of footballers were on their way to play a match at the centre's multi court.

The shocked footballers called for an ambulance immediately, and a local doctor and a nurse who lives nearby also rushed to help.

Neighbour Jeremy Gooding of School Street, said his eight-year-old son Alistair Devine knows Daniel and had heard what happened.

He said: "When the footballers found him, Daniel was not unconscious, but he wasn't with it. Doctor Marsh and a nurse came to help, and then the ambulance crew arrived. I heard he had fractured his skull, and also broken his arm."

He said he believed that Daniel lived nearby on a housing estate next to the community centre.

A spokesman for the ambulance service confirmed that a child had suffered a head injury after falling 10 feet from a tree. He said a rapid responder vehicle and a normal ambulance had attended the scene, and both conveyed the boy to hospital.

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