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Treehouse fall injures 9-year-old boy, delays junior golf tourney

POSTED: July 18, 2008 5:01 a.m.

A 9-year-old boy was injured seriously after falling 12 feet from a treehouse in the backyard of his Fairway Drive home late Monday morning.

The boy, who suffered "obvious injuries" to his left leg, hip and back area, was flown to an Atlanta hospital from the Chattahoochee Golf Course after the fall, Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada said.

Because of the extent of the boy’s injuries and his age, officials sent him to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite by helicopter, choosing the 15th hole at the Chattahoochee Golf Course as the landing zone, Canada said.

The helicopter landing briefly halted the Atlanta Junior Golf Tournament at the golf course at about noon Monday.

The tournament is one of several put on by the Atlanta Junior Golf Association. When the helicopter landed on Monday, about 60 players ranging from ages 12-18 were on the course.

Canada called the boy’s injuries serious, but said the child was conscious and able to speak with emergency personnel before he was flown to the Atlanta hospital shortly after noon. Scottish Rite officials could not provide details on the boy’s condition Monday evening.



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