dad’s agony

Ian Todd broke his back in three places on his sons trampoline, had to wait two hours for an ambulance. (d20071117)
Ian Todd broke his back in three places on his sons trampoline, had to wait two hours for an ambulance. (d20071117)

A FATHER spent more than two hours waiting in agony for an ambulance after breaking his back on his son’s trampoline.

Ian Todd, 40, of Whitechapel Road, Scholes, was playing with his six-year-old son Zeyn on a trampoline he had just bought, when it gave way. He slipped off it and immediately knew he had hurt himself badly.

Mr Todd’s partner Lorraine Gledhill, 34, who is expecting the couple’s third child in five weeks, called 999.

An emergency response medic arrived within 20 minutes and found he had broken his back in three places so called for an ambulance – but it was more than two hours before it arrived.

Mr Todd said: “We’d decided to buy a trampoline for Zeyn because we’d spent a lot of money on the new baby.

“He loved it and wanted someone to go on it to play with him, which I did. After a while, I heard a crack and hit the floor. I felt winded.

“I slid off it like a snake. I managed to get my breath back and I thought I had broken a couple of ribs.

“When the medical response unit arrived, he examined me and went up and down my back counting the vertebrae. He said I had done serious damage.”

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