Four-year-old Northumberland boy fighting fit after fracturing skull in fall from tractor

A Northumberland mum has spoken of her terror after her four-year-old son suffered a fractured skull in a fall from a tractor.

Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 7:00 am

Daniel Aynsley was helping his parents on the family farm at Wallington, near Morpeth, when the accident happened.

His mum, Liz, said: “My husband Michael, Daniel and I, were all on our farm preparing for lambing. Daniel absolutely loves being on the farm.

“Our daughter, Charlotte, was with her granny while we worked so it was real quality time with Daniel.

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Daniel Aynsley has made a full recovery after suffering a fractured skull in a fall from a tractor on the family farm, near Morpeth.

“I left the farm to bath our dog and about 30 minutes later, Michael came to the door with Daniel in his arms screaming.”

Daniel had been standing on the steps of the family’s new tractor when he fell backwards, hitting the concrete below.

Liz said: “Michael heard the crack and said he thought Daniel could have fallen about a metre.

“I took him in the lounge and into my arms and his head started rolling back and that’s when I started to get frightened then suddenly, Daniel lost all consciousness.”

Daniel Aynsley with his mum, Liz, and sister, Charlotte.

As Michael went off to ring 999 and alert the village doctor, Liz recalls doing everything within her power to try and wake her son up.

She said: “I was shouting, screaming and singing to him. I was doing anything I could do to try and get him to respond.”

Due to the rural location of the farm, The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was alerted almost immediately and North East Ambulance Service land crews prepared Daniel for the journey.

Liz said: “I remember them wrapping him up like a cocoon. Then they told me to get some of his favourite teddies to comfort him and put them around him. I just kept thinking please hurry.”

Daniel Aynsley with his mum, dad and sister.

GNAAS landed on the farm and it was quickly established that Daniel needed to get to a trauma centre as soon as possible.

Liz said: “I walked Daniel to the helicopter, and he woke up and then was sick. I thought this was him feeling better, but I didn’t realise the sickness was a result of his head injury.

“This meant I couldn’t go with Daniel as both the doctor and paramedic needed to be by his side in flight.”

Daniel was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle – he suffered a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

Daniel in hospital after his fall.

After spending six days in hospital, Daniel was allowed home where he has since made a full recovery.

Liz added: “The charity is just brilliant. For people like us who live rurally, it is just even more crucial. I can’t put into words how thankful we are.”

GNAAS is continuing to fly through the COVID-19 crisis but has asked the public to continue its support in the face of the collapse of its community fundraising activities. Please visit or call 01325 487 263.

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