Girl’s lucky escape after fracturing her skull in tree fall

PUBLISHED: 10:12 22 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:21 22 July 2014

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An eight-year-old girl had a lucky escape when she fell 13ft from a tree and landed head first onto a concrete pavement.

Laila Sage had climbed the tree in Icknield Way, Thetford to see a bird’s nest when a branch snapped, causing her to fall and hit her head on the pavement.

Friends that she was playing with quickly raised the alarm and fetched her parents.

Shane and Rebecca Sage ran from their home in nearby St Margaret’s Crescent and rushed to the scene to find their daughter unconscious.

“The worst things flash through your mind,” said Mr Sage, 29.

“When we arrived, she tried to stand up but just kept falling. It was just an absolute nightmare.”

Mrs Sage added: “It’s been the most difficult week of our lives.

“It is a parent’s worst nightmare but I am so glad she is now home where she belongs.”

Laila was taken by ambulance to West Suffolk Hospital in nearby Bury St Edmunds following the fall at around 6pm on July 7.

A brain scan revealed a fracture in her skull.

She was then transferred to see more specialist neurosurgeons at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, who discovered she was bleeding on the other side of her brain.

Luckily, the bleeding stopped after a couple of days and Laila was allowed to go home.

Her parents say she is now back to her playful self – even if she is a little more wary of climbing trees.

“Hopefully, she’s learned her lesson,” Mr Sage said.

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