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Sunday 25 September 2016

Boy (2) in fall from second-floor apartment

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A two-year-old child has been airlifted to hospital this morning after suffering severe head injuries in a fall.

Members of the Irish Coast Guard responded to an emergency call out after the young boy was brought to University Hospital Waterford having fallen from the second floor of an apartment building.

However the child's injuries were deemed so serious that members of responding emergency services units decided he had to be rushed to Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin.

A helicopter arrived at the hospital and transported the child from Waterford at 12.01am this morning, arriving in Dublin at 2.45am.

Treatment

It has not yet been established how the child managed to fall from the building, and he is currently being treated at Temple Street.

The number of call-outs that the Irish Coast Guards responded to in 2014 rose to 2,572 last year.

Waterford's R117 helicopter saw the largest increase in missions, with a significant 30pc to 184 during 2014.

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