HeadLine: HANGING BOY HORROR FOR BROTHER, 12
Daily Record, 25/04/1998, p15
by Shaun Milne
A boy of 10 was left fighting for life after his 12-year-old brother
found him hanging in his room.
Paul O’Connor found his brother James with a cord around his neck and
screamed for his parents.
Medics treated the boy at his home in Kildonan Drive, Helensburgh,
He was then rushed to Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria, and later
transferred to Yorkhill children’s hospital in Glasgow.
Last night, his condition was described as stable, and he had been
moved out of the intensive care unit.
His mum was at his bedside.
James, a pupil at St Joseph’s primary school in Helensburgh, was found
Police said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances.
And both police and the council’s education department officials said
they had ruled out bullying as a possible cause.
It was not clear if the incident had happened because a game of some
kind had gone wrong. Sources confirmed that a cord was round the boy’s
neck, though it was unclear what it was or how it came to be there.
A police spokeswoman said their inquiries were continuing to find out
what had happened.
Relatives of the O’Connors living just a street away in Lochranza Drive
were too upset to comment about the incident last night.
But one elderly woman who answered the door said: “He is okay, he is
fine. We are just waiting for more news.”
Ann Chalmers, head teacher of St Joseph’s, said the whole school hoped
James would pull through.
She said: “We are extremely upset to hear James is seriously ill.
“But we are praying for his full recovery and will provide support to
him and his family.
“James is a very pleasant and friendly boy. He is always enthusiastic
and well mannered.
“We are looking forward to having him back with us.”
Last night a hospital spokeswoman said James’ condition had stabilised.
She said: “He is now out of the intensive care unit and has been
transferred to a normal ward and his condition is now more stable.
“We don’t know when he’ll be allowed home yet.”
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