South West Wales

Tree fall boy 'out of intensive care'

A three-year-old boy trapped under a tree at a Pembrokeshire wildlife park is out of intensive care.

The boy and his mother, from Llanelli, were injured on a on a family day out at the Manor House Wildlife Park at St Florence, near Tenby.

His mother, PE teacher Emma Davies-Hughes, was discharged from hospital earlier.

The boy, Gruff, has been transferred to high dependency at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

A Cardiff and Vale University Health Board spokesman said: "The little boy injured at Manor House Wildlife Park is now out of intensive care.

Image caption Emma Davies-Hughes and her son were airlifted to hospital after the tree fell on them

"He is in a stable condition and has been transferred to high dependency care.

"The family have asked that the media respect their privacy during this extremely difficult time."

The pair were flown to Morriston Hospital in Swansea following the incident on Tuesday morning before being transferred to specialist care at the University Hospital of Wales.

Mrs Davies-Hughes suffered injuries to her head, leg, pelvis and arm but has now been discharged from hospital, her grandmother Iris Evans confirmed.

Gruff sustained serious head injuries.

Colleagues at Ysgol Maes yr Yrfa in Llanelli, where Mrs Davies-Hughes teaches PE, sent their best wishes, saying the whole school was very sorry to hear about the incident and wishing Mrs Davies-Hughes and her son a speedy recovery.

School governor Councillor Clive Scourfield said: "I think it's a tragedy really for her family but also for the school, the staff and the governors.

He said his thoughts went out to the family who had gone to the zoo for a day out "and this very, very unfortunate incident happened".

Emergency services called to the wildlife park included fire crews, who had to lift the tree off the woman and child in a two-hour rescue operation before they could be treated.

TV presenter Anna Ryder Richardson and her husband own the visitor attraction.

Ms Ryder Richardson and her husband Colin MacDougall previously said they were "absolutely devastated" at the incident and that their "only concern is for the little boy and his mother".

"Our thoughts are with them and their family," the couple said.

The wildlife park covers about 50 acres and is home to exotic animals such as zebras, monkeys and rhinos, as well as having a large children's play area.

A new six-part television series called Anna's Welsh Zoo was due to begin on ITV Wales next Tuesday but its screening has been postponed.

Separate series for Channel 4 and BBC One Wales have also been filmed at the park.

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