THE dad of a 10-year-old Wearside girl who was impaled on a fence at the weekend says the spoke was just centrimetres from piercing her heart.
Michael Brown’s daughter Caitlyn survived the ordeal on Saturday night after she slipped from a tree yards from her home in Gainsborough Square, Grindon.
Caitlyn, who goes to Broadway Junior School, was stuck with a seven-inch spike hanging from her body as emergency services arrived on the scene to treat her.
The fence has now been removed by Sunderland City Council.
Manufacturing engineer Mr Brown and his partner, Jan, 38, a care assistant at the Niall Quinn Children’s Centre, watched on in horror as 20 firefighters helped to free Caitlyn.
Mr Brown, 32, said: “I’m shattered, but I’m so relieved.
“It was just horrible to see your daughter in that state.
“There was no blood and it just went straight through her stomach.
“I was trying to calm her down and she was being so brave.
“We spoke to the surgeons this morning and they said just how lucky she was. Another 10cm and it would have pierced her heart.”
Caitlyn is now recovering in Newcastle RVI after being transferred from Sunderland Royal Hospital.