Little girl airlifted to Edmonton hospital after 'unpreventable accident' at Wainwright parade
A six-year-old girl from Wainwright, Alta., was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton this weekend after what officials describe as “an unpreventable accident” at a local parade.
The girl, who is a 4-H member, was injured Saturday during the parade, which is part of the Wainwright Stampede festivities.
In an interview with Global News, Susann Stone, executive director of the 4-H Council of Alberta, declined to explain how the girl became injured.
“Unfortunately, the member was injured during the Wainwright parade and at this time, they’re seeking professional medical care,” Stone said.
“On behalf of those involved in 4-H in Alberta, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and [we] wish the member a speedy recovery.”
Gregory Harris, a communications adviser with Alberta Health Services, said EMS in Wainwright transported the girl, who was in serious condition, from the Wainwright Health Centre to the Wainwright Airport just after 2 p.m. on Saturday. A STARS air ambulance helicopter then transported the girl to Edmonton.
Stone declined to comment on the girl’s injuries, citing privacy considerations.
Global News pressed Stone on whether there would be an investigation. She replied that there are “processes and policies in place to follow up with those involved.”
Wainwright mayor Brian Bethune, who is also a member of the Wainwright Stampede Committee, said there will be a review on the part of the stampede association.
“We’ll look into what we can do better… anything can happen and you can’t always prevent it, but we will definitely look into how it happened and why,” he said. “If there’s a way we can prevent it as a stampede association in the future, we certainly will.”
Bethune said he wants the family of the little girl to know there is support from the community of Wainwright.
“Anytime anyone gets hurt, especially… young children… I think as a community, we all get together and we are right now praying for the little girl,” he said.
Watch below: (From August 2017) A six-year-old boy that fell from a flatbed truck and was struck by the same vehicle during the Nanton Round-Up Days parade is recovering at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. As Gary Bobrovitz reports, the town is hoping the boy recovers from his injuries.