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Pupil crushed by art display

By Natasha Swift 27th September 2017

Pupil crushed by art display
Morgan 15 suffered ‘potentially life changing injuries’

A 15-YEAR-OLD Penrice pupil has been left with “potentially life changing injuries” like those suffered after being “in a head on car crash” after an art display at the school allegedly fell on him.

Morgan Durant was airlifted to Derriford Hospital’s major trauma unit last Tuesday morning after sustaining a broken and dislocated right leg and a fractured left leg when boards in the art block at the school fell on him as he waited to go into class.

The Year 11 pupil underwent surgery to put his dislocated knee back into place and a surgeon fitted his leg with a plate to keep it stable.

His left leg has also been put in a cast.

Doctors at the hospital told Morgan’s parents, Rob and Jo, that they had never seen a break like the one he had suffered.

Mr Durant said the hospital had told him the injuries Morgan sustained in the incident were comparable to those suffered in a car crash.

It is understood another pupil sustained a fractured wrist during the incident.

Morgan’s dad told the Voice a number of free-standing display boards had fallen on his son while he was waiting to go into his lesson.

He said it was not clear what had happened as Morgan had been sedated due to the pain and the head of Penrice, Richard Baker, had told him the school had asked for the Health and Safety Executive to conduct an investigation.

Mr Durant said: “Morgan was flown directly to Derriford Hospital. We were told this was because there were long delays at Treliske and he would need surgery. His mum, Jo, went to Derriford immediately and she has stayed with him.

“We now know that he has a compound fracture above his knee. His knee was dislocated and he has ligament damage.

“He has had a plate inserted the length of his femur. There appears to be ligament damage to both ankles but the doctors are waiting for the swelling to go down before investigating further.

“The doctor said his injuries were akin to someone who had been hit by a car.

“Mr Baker phoned me from Penrice to express his concern and ask how Morgan was. He did not know exactly what had happened and would wait until the HSE reported.”

The Voice contacted Penrice but nobody was available to comment.

By Natasha Swift 27th September 2017

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