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Saturday 21 October 2017

Two toddlers fighting for life in pond horror

TWO toddlers are fighting for life in Crumlin hospital today after slipping into a pond in a freak accident.

It is believed the two 18-month-olds were playing in the garden in a house at Murrintown, Co Wexford, earlier this week.

Sources said that a father of one of the boys, John Doyle, was minding his own son and a neighbour's baby at his home on Redshire Road.

However, when he turned his back for a minute, he discovered, to his horror, that the children had fallen into the pond in front of his house.

Mr Doyle immediately rescued them. The accident happened at around 3.30pm on Tuesday. Mr Doyle and his wife, Danielle, were said to be distraught last night as they kept a bedside village for their baby.

The identity of the other boy's parents is unknown.

Fr John O'Reilly, at St Catherine's Church, said the parish was praying for the families involved but that they wished to remain private.





Rushed

The boys were rushed to Wexford General Hospital by ambulance. They were then moved to Crumlin Children's Hospital where they are being given round-the-clock medical attention. They remained in hospital last night.

A spokesperson for Crumlin said they could not give out any information on the condition of the infants.

But local sources said it's believed their condition is stable. It is believed Mr Doyle is a nurse himself, and assisted the boys at the scene.

A local source in Murrintown, which is 9km from Wexford town, said Mr Doyle is distraught and shocked by what happened.

"It looks like he took his eyes off them for two seconds and they got out. That's the way it is when they're toddlers, you turn your back and they're gone," he added.

The toddlers were stabilised in Wexford General on Tuesday before they were shifted to Crumlin Children's Hospital in Dublin on Tuesday evening.

The parents were too upset to speak last night and close relations and neighbours would not comment.

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