Girl hurt in fall at Chessington World of Adventures
A LITTLE girl remains critically injured in hospital after being involved in a fall at Chessington World of Adventures.
Jessica Blake, four, suffered a bleed on the brain, a fractured skull and broken ribs after she fell 14ft while queueing for a ride at the theme park.
She was taken by ambulance to St George's Hospital in Tooting following the fall last Thursday. She remains in a critical condition at the hospital.
A spokesman at St George's Hospital said on Monday (June 11): "Jessica remains in a critical but stable condition in the paediatric intensive care unit at St George's Hospital.
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"Jessica's family would like to thank those who have sent messages of support to them at this difficult time."
A spokesman for Chessington World of Adventures said: "The Resort's fully trained medical staff were on site immediately and administered direct care to the child until ambulance teams arrived. She was then taken to hospital in a conscious state.
"The incident occurred in the Tomb Blaster queue line and a full internal investigation is ongoing.
"The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has also been advised, and we will of course co-operate fully with them on any investigations they wish to carry out.
"The Park is open and operating normally with the exception of the Tomb Blaster ride which is closed.
"It will remain so until all investigations are concluded and any required work is done. Until all investigations have concluded we are also not in a position to comment further.
"We are in touch with the family, and in line with their wishes will now await further news. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them at this difficult time."
A spokeswoman for London Ambulance service said: "We were called at 1pm to reports of a fall from a height.
"We sent two ambulance crews and two single responders in cars.
"Staff treated a four-year-old girl for a head injury and she was taken as a priority to St George's Hospital."
An HSE spokeswoman said their investigation into the incident started on Monday (June 11).
Hundreds of messages have been posted on Facebook by well wishers.
Jessica's uncle Steve Blake Poullos said on Monday (June 11): "Please baby girl keep fighting, we all wanna see that BIG smile of yours, love ya JC XXXXXX"
Jessica's aunt Carley Pocock-Hyde has thanked people for their support.
She posted on Friday: "Thank you all well wishers, my niece is still fighting for her life. We will keep u all posted."
And Carolyne Doyle posted: "I too witnessed the fall of that little girl and all our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. My boys have not stopped asking how she is."