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Boy (8) almost killed in tractor fall making good progress, says doctor

By Chris McCullough

Published 31/10/2015

Doctors looking after a little boy who suffered serious head injuries after falling out of a tractor on Monday are said to be happy with his progress
Doctors looking after a little boy who suffered serious head injuries after falling out of a tractor on Monday are said to be happy with his progress

Doctors looking after a little boy who suffered serious head injuries after falling out of a tractor on Monday are said to be happy with his progress.

Eight-year-old James Gregg is in a stable condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast with his dad Wallace remaining by his side.

The neurosurgeon responsible for James is said to be very happy with his progress so far.

James suffered head injuries following an accident involving a tractor close to the Gregg family farm on the Old Frosses Road at Glarryford in County Antrim.

The little boy fell out of the tractor on Monday after the door burst open when the vehicle allegedly hit a pothole on the road as they were approaching Cloughmills.

Speaking to the Ballymoney Chronicle, a close family member said: "Our concern at this time is not what happened, but the full recovery of James.

"His father was speaking to the neurosurgeon and he is very happy with the progress James has made so far."

The little boy was left fighting for his life after sustaining head injuries from the fall.

James was taken to the local Frosses Medical Centre in Cloughmills before being rushed to Antrim Area Hospital and subsequently on to the Royal Victoria Hospital where it is understood he received surgery.

Wallace is a well-known dairy farmer in the area and his wife Joan is a biology teacher. Together they have four children.

The Belfast Trust confirmed yesterday that James remains in the hospital and that he is in a stable condition. A spokesman from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said paramedics responded to a call made just after 11.30am on Monday after a boy fell off a tractor and sustained a head injury.

The spokesman added: "He was taken to Antrim Area Hospital and then subsequently transferred to Belfast just after 2pm."

Local politicians and the community have all sent their best wishes to the family for the speedy recovery of James.

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said at the time: "I was shocked to learn about this accident and my thoughts and prayers are with the family circle.

"Farming is very much a family occupation and I hope that the young boy will soon be able to return home to the farm."

North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey said: "I hope and pray that he will make a full recovery and my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time."

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