Girl, 14, hurt in school fall drama

A TEENAGER has been taken to hospital after she broke her femur in a fall at school.

A TEENAGER has been taken to hospital after she broke her femur in a fall at school.

A team of doctors with the medical charity Magpas were flown to the scene of the accident at Thurston Community College in Thurston, near Bury St Edmunds, at 11.30am today by the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The school last night refused to comment on what exactly had happened to the girl - though paramedics confirmed the 14-year-old had suffered a broken femur and a hip injury as a result of a fall.

She was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds for treatment where her condition was described as “stable”.


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A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said the girl was close to the gates of the school when their paramedics arrived but added the cause of the fall was unknown.

She said: “We don’t know how she fell. We conveyed her to West Suffolk Hospital and a Magpas team on board.”

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The femur - also known as the thigh bone - is both the longest and the largest bones in the body and also one of the strongest.

A spokesman for Magpas told how the girl was assessed, provided with pain relief and sedated at the scene and was then taken to West Suffolk Hospital by land ambulance.

The girl was tended to by Magpas volunteers Dr James French and Dr Katherina Wentowski and the ambulance service’s critical care paramedic Gary Steward. All three were dispatched to the scene of the incident by air ambulance.

Other paramedics were also sent to the scene by land ambulance.

A spokesman for the school said: “We can confirm a female student at Thurston college suffered an injury today which required assistance from the Ambulance Service.

“The parent was present as she was taken by road ambulance to West Suffolk Hospital this afternoon. We wish her a speedy recovery.”

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