Young boy impaled by javelin at Gold Coast school

LATEST @ 12.30 PM | A male student has been hospitalised after being impaled by a javelin during a PE lesson at a school in Upper Coomera.

Emergency crews were called to Saint Stephens College on Reserve Road just before 11.00am on Wednesday, following reports a child had been injured by a piece of sporting equipment.

It’s understood the boy, aged 12-years-old, tripped and fell on top of the javelin while taking part in a PE class on the school oval.


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Queensland Ambulance Operations Supervisor Stuart Cutajar told myGC the boy was treated on scene for a “penetrating injury” to his groin.

“The boy had a javelin through his groin region… It was a non-life threatening injury and there was very minimal blood loss, he was very lucky” Mr Cutajar said.

Paramedics worked closely with Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews to remove the javelin from the youngster’s body.

“We liaised with Queensland Fire and Emergency crews who assisted us in removing the object and the patient was able to be treated on scene,” Mr Cutajar said.

“He remained in a conscious and alert status and was able to respond effectively to the paramedics who were treating him.”

The child has since been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

A spokesperson from Saint Stephens College said other students who witnessed the accident are being offered support.

“The student’s parents were immediately contacted and support is being offered to those impacted by the incident,” the spokesperson said.

“The welfare of our students remains the number one priority of the College.”

Mr Cutajar from the Queensland Ambulance Service praised the school for their quick response to the incident.

“I need to mention that they were excellent in their approach, their structure, and the function they performed was fantastic in helping our paramedics in treating this male,” he said.

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