Young rugby player airlifted to hospital with neck injury

The air ambulance in action
The air ambulance in action

A 11-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after suffering a neck injury while playing rugby.

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was called to Spratton on Saturday at about 4.30pm.

A spokesman for the charity said: “The boy had received a neck injury and had been on the ground for some time.

“The crew received the call at 4.25pm and were on site just nine minutes later.

“Due to the clinical urgency of the situation, WNAA were best equipped to deal with the patient and transfer him to the nearest trauma centre.

“The boy was immobilised by the WNAA crew and, along with his mother, flown to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire, where the crew landed at 5.04pm.”

The crew was then called out to another incident in the county where a woman had been kicked by a horse.

The call came in just after 6pm on Saturday after a 48-year-old woman had been injured. She had been kicked by a horse in Rothersthorpe.

The charity spokesman said: “The patient had received an injury to the back of her head and was complaining of pain in her right shoulder.

“She was immobilised before being transferred to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire, which is the nearest trauma centre.”

For more information about the air ambulance and its missions, visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk.