Praying for him!
Last week, Jamie Quinlan, a 12-year-old from Louth, England, played with some buddies on his trampoline. The kid proposed that they all jump simultaneously. He acknowledges he was “being stupid,” but nobody could have guessed what occurred next.
“Then I felt something really weird in my back,” Jamie said. “It turned out to be a spring.”
The big metal spring had fired off the trampoline at about 70 miles an hour, piercing the back of the boy by about six centimeters. Jamie’s friends watched in horror as the boy stumbled off the trampoline in excruciating pain. He was hurried to Louth Hospital by his relatives and moved to Sheffield Children’s Hospital by ambulance.
“When I was in the waiting room there, I was really nervous,” Jamie confessed. “It took them about 10 minutes to actually get the spring out of my back.”
Thankfully, Jamie is currently recovering very well from the injury: “Sometimes it still feels like the spring is in my back, but I am getting a lot better and stronger now,” Jamie said. “I feel relieved that it wasn’t worse.”
And Jamie is right to feel lucky. In fact, it was later found out that the spring narrowly missed his spine, and at the speed it was traveling, a hit to the wrong place could have been fatal.
“The spring had come off the trampoline like a bullet,” Ian, Jamie’s father, said. “If it had hit elsewhere on Jamie’s body, in his head or throat, we could have lost him. It was a terrible thing to happen, and it really scared me. It could have happened to anyone. Jamie has been so brave.”