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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Airlift drama for Maryport rugby boy

A Maryport youngster scored the try of his life at the weekend – but was then airlifted to hospital for his trouble.

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HELICOPTER RIDE: Malik Steele was airlifted to hospital after he was injured during a junior rugby match on Sunday

The drama unfolded when Malik Steele, 12, of Victory Crescent, was playing for Glasson Rangers’ under-12 side on Sunday against Flimby.

Malik was going for the try when he said he could feel his “body go over his head” and collapsed on the ground in pain.

The referee told him to stay still and a nurse, Sharon Donald, who was there supporting the Flimby team, rushed over to help.

A decision was made to call the air ambulance because of concern that he had suffered a back or neck injury.

Malik said: “I was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. I wasn’t scared. It was exciting but all I could see through the helicopter windows were clouds.”

The youngster was in hospital for about five hours getting checked over before he was allowed home, where he was recovering this week.

Malik’s father Steven is one of his coaches and was on hand with mum Bev, who was watching the game.

Bev said she was grateful to Sharon and to the referee.

She added: “When the paramedics arrived they said that everything had been done to textbook standard.

“We will definitely make a donation to the air ambulance for their help. We can’t thank everyone enough.

“Malik lives and breathes rugby. He plays league for Glasson and rugby union for Netherhall School.

“We are just so grateful he will be able to play again.”

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