Little boy's head trap horror

Published date: 03 March 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy going for a hair cut fell over and got his head trapped in metal railings.

Little Cobey Gelder-Murphy became trapped in the metal bars after tripping outside the Racing Cutz barber shop at the Red Hall shopping precinct in Connah’s Quay.

His panicked mother Sadie Gelder described the ordeal as “horrific”.

The 23-year-old was in tears when she saw what had happened.

“Cobey was waiting for his hair to be cut and was playing outside with his friend,” she said.

“He was running, tripped over a flag and went flying in to the railings and got stuck.

“He was frantic. He just started sobbing and screaming.

“I just heard the clang from outside and turned around and saw that his head was sideways.

“We ran down to see him and I started sobbing – but we had to try and keep his head up and keep him calm.

“There were so many people trying to help to get him out too, which was really nice of them.

“It was absolutely horrific. I’ve never experienced anything like that before.”

Despite the best efforts of Miss Gelder and staff from the shop, Cobey was stuck in the railings for 20 agonising minutes.

Just before 12.45pm, the young lad was cut free by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and checked over in an ambulance by paramedics.

Corey escaped with minor cuts to his ear and a grazed knee and was even brave enough to return to have his hair cut later on on Friday.

The brave youngster gave his account of what happened to the Leader.

“I was trying to race everyone and tripped over,” he said.

“I was frightened because the firemen had to cut me out and then I went to the doctors.”

Miss Gelder said her son was going to have to be more careful from now on.

“He was more concerned about the graze on his knee than the cuts on his ears – but he seems to be okay now,” she said.

“He was checked over by doctors and we’re going to keep a closer eye on him.
“I’m just grateful it wasn’t anything worse.”

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