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Hero doctor's fight to save Rosie
Dr Peter Evans
Dr Evans helped to treat people after the tragedy
A doctor has spoken of how he battled to save a three-year-old girl who was seriously injured in the inflatable artwork tragedy in County Durham.

Two women died and 13 people were injured when the huge Dreamspace sculpture broke free from moorings in Chester-le-Street on Sunday.

Off-duty anaesthetist Dr Peter Evans was on his way to meet his family nearby when he saw ambulances arriving.

Rosie Wright suffered horrific crush injuries inside the giant structure.

On Wednesday, doctors said they were happy with Rosie's progress but she remains in a serious, but stable condition in hospital, after sustaining spine and leg fractures, a punctured lung and lacerated liver.

Rosie's father Lee, 34, praised Dr Evans, who was also involved in attempts to save other people injured in the incident, which is now the subject of a police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation.

Dr Evans, 39, who works as a consultant anaesthetist at Sunderland Royal Hospital, told how he came across the emergency as he was on his way to go swimming with his family.

Rosie Wright
Rosie Wright suffered crush injuries (Picture NNP)
He helped to resuscitate one woman before being asked to treat Rosie.

"I felt the safest course of action was to anaesthetise her at the scene and then transfer her to Newcastle General on the air ambulance," he said.

"I am a hospital doctor who trains paramedics, but I have never encountered anything like this outside hospital before."

Dr Evans added: "I hope that all those injured are on the road to recovery and my sympathies go out to the relatives of those who lost their lives."

A spokeswoman at Newcastle General Hospital said Rosie was "comfortable and stable".

Scene of sculpture accident at Chester-le-Street
The sculpture was lifted off the ground

Forensic teams examining the Dreamspace artwork's moorings have not ruled out foul play.

Claire Furmedge, 38, from Chester-le-Street, and 68-year-old Elizabeth Collings from Seaham, died.

Post-mortem examinations revealed both died from multiple injuries.

The hot weather is thought to have played a part in the tragedy, which saw the artwork, in which people explored 115 inflated chambers, flip up to 100ft into the air.

Many of the people injured in the incident were inside the 2,500-square-metre artwork, which consists of inflated rooms connected by tunnels.

Artist Maurice Agis, 74, who created the inflatable sculpture was himself pulled into the air when a gust of wind tore the artwork from its moorings, according to his partner.

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