MOBILE COUNTY, Ala (WALA) - UPDATE: A relative of the injured 10 year-old told FOX Ten News today (Monday, July 15, 2013) that the child had surgery on Sunday and is recovering today, he is expected to be released in a few days.
A 10-year-old child from Turnerville was severely injured in an ATV accident Sunday morning and LifeFlighted to USA Medical Center.
Turnerville's fire chief says a girl, who was with the injured child, called for help with her cell phone and led rescuers to him.
When the 9-1-1 call came down to Turnerville volunteer firefighters they were told a boy was hurt on an ATV somewhere off Roberts road.
What they didn't know were the challenges they would face in order to treat the child and transport him out of the woods.
"He was very lucky it could have been a lot worse," said Turnerville Fire Chief Billy Smith, "The handle grip went through the little boy's thigh."
The thigh contains a major artery and the massive femur bone.
"Damage one of those and you could bleed out," said Chief Smith.
The boy's father met arriving firefighters near a locked gate, he told them his son was on a trail beyond the tree line.
"We had to use bolt cutters to cut the gate behind us, to cut the lock off of it," said Chief Smith.
Firefighters then began rolling down a torn up dirt road and were stopped once again.
"There's a washout with a two to two-and-a-half foot drop off, we couldn't get an ambulance or a fire truck in there," said Chief Smith.
The crew covered the hole using timbers from a fire truck and then drove the rest of the way in a four wheel drive truck with medical gear.
"When we got in there to him he was lying on his back and it went through kind of toward the inside front thigh and protruded through the backside," said Chief Smith.
Now rescuers had to somehow cut the handlebar without causing further injury to the child.
"You can't pull it out," said Chief Smith.
LifeFlight was dispatched to Turnerville and landed its helicopter in a field off Roberts road.
"They were able to get an IV going and give him some pain medicine so when we started cutting it wouldn't be so bad," said Chief Smith.
A resident passing by the emergency scene stopped and suggested firefighters try using one of his tools.
"This thing probably wasn't four-inches long, a pipe-cutter and that's what we were able to cut the end of the handlebar off with," said Chief Smith.
After all of that the injured 10-year-old had just one thing on his mind:
"He was mad because we cut his Auburn shirt. So we promised him that the fire department would buy him a new Auburn T-shirt," said Chief Smith
Chief Smith says the child was in stable condition when LifeFlight transported him to USA medical center.
We couldn't get an update on the child's condition this evening, but we will let you know when we do.
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