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Farm accident boy (8) now 'stable' in hospital

An ambulance arrives at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. Picture Mal McCann
Marie Louise McConville

AN eight-year-old boy who was critically injured in a farming accident is "making progress" as treatment continues in hospital.

It is understood the boy, named locally as James Gregg, sustained head injuries after he fell from a tractor at his family farm on the Old Frosses Road near Cloughmills, Co Antrim on Monday morning.

He remained in a stable condition in hospital on Thursday night.

Ambulance crews were called to Cloughmills Medical Centre in the village at about 11.30am. It is thought the boy's family took him to the centre after the fall.

The boy was initially taken to Antrim Area Hospital but later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

It is thought the child was off school for his Halloween break.

North Antrim DUP assembly member Mervyn Storey, who knows the boy's family, said yesterday that the child was making progress.

"I called to see the family last night (Wednesday)," he said.

"They are pleased with progress. They have been able to have discussions with the neurosurgeon. I spent some time with the family."

Mr Storey added: "Obviously, it's still a very raw situation and they have really appreciated all the thoughts and prayers that people have had for them and particularly James."

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