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Boy hurt Sunday during wind storm
Jun 16, 2004 12:00 am
A 9-year-old Wilson County boy suffered multiple injuries during Sunday afternoon's thunderstorms when family members say the trampoline he and a cousin were playing on was picked up by straight-line winds.
Shane St. John and his 10-year-old cousin were playing on the trampoline at a family member's home on Powell Drive when a sudden burst of wind lifted the pair and the trampoline.
"It picked (the trampoline) up more than five feet in the air," Brittney St. John, the boy's older sister, said Monday. "My cousin let go, but my little brother held on … and he fell into the driveway. He was knocked unconscious."
According to the boy's father, Rickey St. John, the boy suffered a number of injuries as a result of the accident and is now being monitored at University Medical Center. St. John transported his son to the hospital following the accident.
Shane suffered a broken nose, a broken eye socket, head injuries and a possible hip fracture, family members said.
Brittney added the trampoline was also destroyed, describing it as being "bent in half" following Sunday afternoon's accident.
And while doctors here continue to monitor the boy, family members said Monday he may later be transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to ensure he suffered no major head injuries.
"He's stable right now," Brittney St. John told a reporter Monday. "He can't talk a lot, though, because his lips and face are kind of swollen, but when he woke up (Monday) morning, he told my parents he thought it was all a dream."
Staff Writer Brian Harville can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 16 or by e-mail at email@example.com.