Boy, 6, left ‘covered in blood’ with lip hanging off after horror kart crash at leisure park

webnexttech | Boy, 6, left 'covered in blood' with lip hanging off after horror kart crash at leisure park

A devastated mother has shared horrifying photos of her hurt young boy after he smashed a kart at a leisure park. Faye Hanson’s son Oscar, aged six, was found “screaming” and “covered in blood” while riding the pedal bike at Holmside Park in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. The 41-year-old said the schoolboy had been playing on several attractions during a visit to the centre on March 17, but then asked to go on the karts. The schoolboy climbed into a twin-seater, which was designed to be used by an adult and child together, alone. Mrs Hanson, from Gateshead, says when he rode off he was enthusiastic and she could not catch up with him, however, he smashed into a tyre barrier. A shocking photo reveals Oscar’s lip hanging off following the horrible incident. Mrs Hanson said she called the alarm but Holmside Park’s response lacked “compassion” and “acknowledgement”. She said: “As soon as it happened, he was screaming and covered in blood, and I was absolutely desperate to get him out to the car to go to hospital. I felt like it was very obvious that he needed to be at the hospital and there wasn’t any first aid that could be performed then and there. He needed to go to hospital. “I found their response very lacking in compassion and any kind of empathy, and even any kind of acknowledgement for the really quite traumatic event that happened. I found it really quite heartless.” Mrs Hanson took Oscar to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. He was then referred to the Maxillofacial ‘MaxFax’ department at Newcastle’s RVI. She says her son is recovering well, the cut on his lip is healing, and he has bounced back from the injury. Mrs Hanson has questioned why the park does not require children to wear helmets while using the karts. Holmside Park said the activity has very clear signs advising that children are to be supervised by a parent or guardian while participating – and added this is also explained in the welcome safety video. It added safety cameras showed the child left the park within six minutes and 18 seconds of the incident and the first aider tried to speak to the family, but only for 48 seconds before Mrs Hanson left. A spokesperson said: “We are aware of an accident that happened on our pedal kart track on March 17 involving a child. Holmside Park accepts no liability for this injury or accident, but we did contact the mother expressing our wishes that the child was ok and made a full recovery. Holmside Park tries its utmost to limit the risks to all visitors, and are proud of our overall safety record. We have full instructions during the welcome video. “We have further rules of play at the entrance point. We have twin-seater pedal karts so younger children and parents can ride together, reducing the risk to the child as the parent controls the speed of the pedal kart. “We have a barrier system stopping the pedal karts from leaving the track. We are inspected regularly by the RAII inspector and are a member of the AIP.”

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