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Miraculous recovery as boy (8) badly injured in tractor fall leaves hospital

By Chris McCullough

Published 09/11/2015

An eight-year-old boy left fighting for his life after falling from a tractor has been discharged from hospital
An eight-year-old boy left fighting for his life after falling from a tractor has been discharged from hospital

An eight-year-old boy left fighting for his life after falling from a tractor has been discharged from hospital.

James Gregg was admitted to the Royal Victoria after the accident in Cloughmills two weeks ago. The boy fell out of the tractor cabin when the door burst open after the vehicle is believed to have hit a pothole.

His father, Wallace, initially took his son to the Frocess Medical Centre in the village, from where he was taken by ambulance to Antrim Area Hospital and then on to the Royal Victoria Hospital for surgery.

The Belfast Trust confirmed yesterday that James was discharged last week.

A spokesman for the Trust said: "The eight-year-old boy James Gregg, who sustained injuries after falling out of a tractor in Cloughmills, was discharged from hospital last week."

During his stay in hospital, doctors operated on James and were very happy with his progress.

His father is a well-known dairy farmer in the area and his mother, Joan, is a biology teacher. Together the couple have four children.

DUP MLA Mervyn Storey said he knew the family well and called to see them on their farm just before James was released from hospital.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: "I am absolutely delighted that James is back home, and no more delighted than Wallace and Joan are to have their son back home.

"It was a dramatic time for all the family, but now they have James home and that will bring them all great joy.

"They can all move forward now and can start to put this incident behind them."

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