POSTED: 4:57 pm EDT July 29, 2004
UPDATED: 5:04 pm EDT July 30, 2004
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A 7-year-old boy fell on an arrow
and was impaled in the neck, narrowly missing his jugular vein, officials
The father of the boy, whose name was not released, drove
him 30 miles to a fire station for help. The boy was hospitalized in stable
condition after Thursday's accident and was expected to survive, the Osceola
County Sheriff's Office said.
The boy fell while holding the arrow and playing in his
backyard in rural Central Florida, his father told paramedics.
After piercing his neck near the jugular vein, the arrow
nearly passed all the way through to the boy's spine, said Lt. Dave Hover of
the Brevard County Fire Rescue's Station where the boy went for emergency
Firefighters cut about 6 inches off the arrow so he could
be flown to an Orlando hospital.
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