Dublin boy injured in sledding accident

DUBLIN — A Dublin Christian Academy student was sent to the hospital Tuesday after a sledding accident at recess.

An 11-year-old boy from Dublin, who is in the fifth grade, was at the school’s tubing hill during afternoon recess, when he accidentally flipped the inflatable tube he was riding, thereby injuring himself, according to Dublin Christian Academy Headmaster Kevin Moody in an interview Wednesday.

At first, it was not clear how the injury occurred, as the boy did not land on or near any rocks or other protrusions. The injury likely came about from the manner in which the boy landed, which drove his knees into his stomach, said Moody. The boy was alert and conscious, following the accident.

The boy was sent to the on-site nurse, who made the decision to call 911. Police and ambulance crews both responded to the scene. It was determined the boy did not require a life flight, and he was transported by ambulance to Monadnock Community Hospital. After a CAT scan, it was revealed that the impact of his legs to his stomach had caused a laceration to his spleen, Moody said, and the boy was transported to Elliot Hospital in Manchester.

In an interview Wednesday, the boy’s father said he was still at Elliot Hospital for observation, but was in good spirits, and was ready to get back to school and his friends.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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