Tyne & Wear

Mother praises Sunderland impaled girl Caitlyn Brown

A 10-year-old Sunderland girl who was impaled on metal railings may be allowed home from hospital later, her mother has said.

Caitlyn Brown fell from a tree and landed on the railings near her home in Gainsborough Square on Saturday. One spike pierced her stomach and shoulder.

Her mother Jan said she had responded well after emergency surgery.

She said the ordeal had been "awful" and praised emergency services who spent two hours cutting Caitlyn free.

Mrs Brown said her daughter had been "really marvellous" and shown incredible bravery as she was taken to hospital with part of one railing still in her body.

'Perked up'

Sunderland Council workmen have now removed the railings under the tree Caitlyn was climbing, after neighbours expressed fears about possible future incidents.

Mrs Brown said: "Caitlyn has perked up a lot since she has been disconnected from the all the hospital equipment.

"She has managed to eat and drink properly and hopefully we can get her moving and home."

Image caption Council workmen removed the railings

She praised emergency crews and neighbours who "rallied round" to help Caitlyn.

She said: "I am really grateful to them all. I can't thank them enough.

"Caitlyn was really marvellous. She was really, really brave. I couldn't believe how calm she was. She was so strong.

"She has been really lucky that the spike hasn't hit one of her organs and we are just counting our blessings."

Caitlyn was treated by specialists at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), where she has remained since Saturday.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said the authority had acted quickly after concerns raised by Caitlyn's accident.

He said that although there had been no official complaints about the railings a decision had been taken to remove them immediately.

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