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Toddler has had his ripped arm 're-attached'

By John Nurden

The toddler who had his arm "ripped off" in a tumble dryer at a Sheppey holiday park is "doing well."

Suzanne Eva from law firm Coffey Graham, which is representing Eastchurch Holiday Centre, said today: "I have been told he is doing well.

"He has had his arm reattached and he can move his fingers.

"He still has a lot of operations to go through and will need skin grafts but he is making a recovery. That is great news."

Eastchurch Holiday Centre on the Isle of Sheppey
Eastchurch Holiday Centre on the Isle of Sheppey

The three-year-old boy suffered appalling injuries at his family's caravan on the park on Monday afternoon.

He was taken to King's College Hospital, London, where he underwent emergency surgery.

His identity has still not been revealed.

Eastchurch Holiday Centre on the Isle of Sheppey
Eastchurch Holiday Centre on the Isle of Sheppey

One adult at the park, who did not want to be named, said last night: "This has all come as a terrible shock. We are all thinking of the little boy and his family. Everyone had been in such high spirits because the children had been off school for the Easter holidays. I can't think what the family is going through."

In a statement yesterday park bosses said: "We extend our sympathies and best wishes to the little boy and his family at what must be a very difficult time for them all."

It is understood the member of staff who attended the scene is still off.

Eastchurch Holiday Centre on the Isle of Sheppey
Eastchurch Holiday Centre on the Isle of Sheppey

The company said: "We would like to thank the staff who got to the scene of the accident so promptly upon hearing about it.

"In distressing circumstances, they were able to use their first-aid training to do their best to help the child, pending the arrival of the emergency services.

"The accident was a deeply upsetting incident to everyone concerned. The boy is receiving the best treatment in hospital."

Police and ambulance crews were called to the caravan and chalet park in Fourth Avenue, Eastchurch, on the Isle of Sheppey at 1.15pm on Monday.

A police spokesman said the boy remained in a serious but stable condition.

The Kent air ambulance response car accompanied an ambulance from South East Coast Ambulance Trust (SECAmb) to London.

Swale council said the accident did not come under the Health and Safety Act 1974 but a spokesman added:“Our thoughts and best wishes are with the child and his family at this unimaginably difficult time.”

Eastchurch Holiday Centre on the Isle of Sheppey
Eastchurch Holiday Centre on the Isle of Sheppey

Eastchurch Holiday Centre has more than 500 caravans and chalets over five parks. All caravans on the park are owner-occupied.

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