A millimetre from death
A ROSYTH teenager was a millimetre from bleeding to death or being paralysed for life when he speared himself on a tree.
Declan Clark (13), Grampian Road, suffered a 'million in one chance' injury after piercing his bowel on a branch when he playfully jumped on a Fir Tree.
The youngster also broke a small piece off the bottom of his spinal column as he messed around with pals in a neighbour's garden.
Remarkably the branch sprung straight out of his body, leaving no trace inside him, before Declan was rushed to hospital for a three and a half hour life-saving operation.
Dad John said, "He was playing with the kids and they were all jumping off a railing onto a wee Fir Tree. It was a million in one chance as he must have been at the right angle to go straight down and crush the top of the tree.
"Once the top of the tree couldn't crush any more, that's when it stabbed into his body. We reckon if it had been my younger son he wouldn't be here as when Declan landed his legs were just at the right height to touch the ground.
"He fell forward and the tree sprung back out of his body. It burst his bowel but they never found any part of the tree in his body.
"They took him to Kirkcaldy to get prepped for going to Edinburgh but they had to operate on him immediately."
Declan spent seven days in hospital recovering and now faces six months with a stoma bag as he waits to see if his bowel can heal itself.
John continued, "It wasn't until afterwards that the surgeon explained if the tree had went a millimetre one way he would have bled to death.
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