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Plank sawn off from girl's skull


Naomi Easton describes her ordeal

Firefighters were called to saw off a 7ft plank after it fell onto a young girl, embedding two nails in her skull.

Naomi Easton, 11, had been building a shelter in woods in Pumpherston, West Lothian with a group of friends when the plank fell on her.

"Someone ran up the ramp and a stick fell onto my head... that's when I started screaming," she said.

The wood had to be sawn by firefighters as, due to its length, it would not fit into the ambulance.

Naomi was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. She was discharged after treatment.

Naomi Easton with plank nailed to her head
The plank of wood became nailed to Naomi's head

She told BBC Scotland: "I just remember sitting under the sticks that were piled up, then someone ran up the ramp and a stick fell onto my head.

"That's when I started screaming. But we didn't know there were any nails in it. I got quite scared.

"Some of the people that were there went to get their mum. Then the ambulance came and that was it."

"It was quite sore and painful.

"Today, I feel a little bit sore but I'm just glad that I'm still here and I've got my mum."

Ewan Finlay, 10, who ran for help, said: "We were playing and just heard a scream and it was Naomi. She said she had a nail in her head.

"It was very strange as one minute we were happy then the next we heard a scream."

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