Boy hospitalized after falling on fence
WEST PARK, Fla. (WSVN) -- A 10-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after falling from a tree and landing on a spiked fence.
According to officials, Angel Dotel was climbing a mango tree at a vacant lot located on Southwest 44th Avenue and 18th Street on Monday. The boy was attempting to pick mangoes with his brother when he slipped off a branch that was about 18 feet off the ground.
Dotel sustained four deep puncture wounds to the chest when he was impaled by the fence. He landed so hard on the fence that his body bent some of the spikes.
Wayne Parrish heard the boy's cries for help. "I heard him holler, and we ran over here," he said. Parrish and fellow Good Samaritan Prince Moore ran from Parrish's driveway and came upon the 10-year-old lying on the ground.
"We saw him bleeding, and we tried to stop the blood," Parrish said. The West Park resident removed Dotel from the fence and called 911 while Moore used a shirt to apply pressure to the boy's wounds.
"I wrapped my shirt around his chest to hold his blood into him and pushed my hand [on his chest] until the ambulance came," Moore said. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue paramedics arrived within minutes.
BSFR Lt. Scott Pollard credits the Good Samaritans for their quick thinking. "I made [Moore] maintain direct pressure from the time I scooped [Dotel] off the ground as he walked with me," Pollard said.
Paramedics transported Dotel as a trauma alert to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. He remained alert and conscious.
Moore expressed gratitude over being able to help the young victim. "He's doing good, and I feel so happy, [considering] how bad it looked," he said.
Dotel will spend at least five days in the hospital before being released. His family said he is expected to make a full recovery.
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