Apr 6, 2010 12:45 PM by NBC

Girl recovering after impaled on metal fence

Surgeons have removed a piece of rebar from the thigh of a 12-year-old Phoenix girl after she slipped on a fence and was impaled. Phoenix Fire Capt. Alex Rangel calls it one of those freak accidents.

Firefighters say the girl fell while standing on a 3-foot-tall fence Saturday as she tried to reach a ball stuck in a tree. A piece of decorative rebar impaled her right thigh.

Rescue crews say they used the Jaws of Life to chop off the entire section of fence, sedated the child and sent her to Maricopa Medical Center with the piece of metal still in her leg.




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