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Girl awakes 'unscathed' after ice fall drama

Published: 22 Jan 2012 10:08 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Jan 2012 10:08 GMT+01:00

The girl awoke after four days in an induced coma at the intensive care ward at Kalmar hospital in southern Sweden on Saturday and is reported to have expressed a wish to go home.

"The crisis is over and we are very happy," the girl's father said according to the Kvällsposten daily.

The girl and her older brother were playing near the shoreline of a creek in Flygsfors near Orrefors in southern Sweden before venturing out on the ice when it suddenly gave way, sending both of them crashing into the icy water.

While the girl's brother managed to pull himself out of the water and make it back to shore, he was unable to help his sister and instead ran back to his house to alert his mother about the accident.

By the time the mother arrived, the 6-year-old girl had drifted under the ice about 20 metres away from the hole where she and her brother had fallen in.

However, the mother was able spot the girl through the clear ice, around three to four metres from shore.

Several passers-by were able to come to the aid of the girl, including attempts to resuscitate her.

The girl had another stroke of luck on the way to hospital when the ambulance in which she was being transported passed by another ambulance carrying an anaesthetist.

The girl was quickly put to sleep and her body temperature cooled in order to protect her organs. After four days, doctors at the hospital took the decision to take her off a respirator and wake her up.

The doctors now believe that despite having spent such a long period under the ice the girl has not sustained any serious injuries.

The six-year-old has now been moved from intensive care to a regular ward and is reported to have enjoyed ice cream in her hospital bed on Saturday.

"She was still in shock, but recognised us and said that she wanted to go home. It was one of the most wonderful things I have ever heard her say," her father told the newspaper.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

10:53 January 22, 2012 by Keith #5083
Wonderful news. Wonderful Mother. Fantastic :-)
12:04 January 22, 2012 by bloor west
Amazing. This story brought me to tears.
12:31 January 22, 2012 by Svensksmith
What a great turn out of events.
15:22 January 22, 2012 by gabeltoon
Great news .I'm glad she is ok. This brings back memories of my childhood when a friend fell through the ice on a pond.He was lucky that passersby were there to help.
17:20 January 22, 2012 by BillyB
That's pretty amazing
20:36 January 22, 2012 by dizzymoe33
What is also amazing is that they were able to put her in a temporary coma and lower her body heat to save her life. That is very interesting. I am happy she is recovering and has no physical damage from the accident.
03:13 January 23, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
Some really good news for a change.
07:28 January 23, 2012 by occassional
Bless her.
08:38 January 23, 2012 by skogsbo
wonderful mother? That depends on how it transpired the kids were 20 metres out on very thin lake ice. If she was close enough to help, maybe she was close enough to prevent or supervise?

Lucky that the kid was still young, as the body grows out of its ability to completely shutdown if suddenly immersed in very cold water, an adult or teen would not have been so lucky.
10:07 January 23, 2012 by caradoc
So she gets ice cream eh?
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