Beware, wear helmet as sledding is allowed after series of accidents: paramedics

Paramedics received six emergency calls for serious injuries in sled accidents over a 10-day period.

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Ottawa paramedics say they handled six emergency calls for serious injuries in sled accidents over a 10-day period.

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The city of Ottawa has advised people not to go tobogganing on sanctioned hills due to the icy conditions.

“Weather permitting, use caution and wear appropriate head protection” in the form of a helmet, paramedics said.

The patients, ranging in age from four to 30 years, were injured on city hills and suffered a variety of injuries, including head and neck, face, ribs, ankle and knee.

Five incidents were not life-threatening.

Eleven-year-old Josée Abi Assal died on December 27 after being injured in a sledding accident on the hill at Mooney’s Bay. Paramedics called at the scene that afternoon and took the girl to hospital in critical condition, but she succumbed to her injuries at CHEO.

In a statement, the city said Mooney’s Bay was closed as a sledding hill in 2017 and a sign at the top warns of “Extreme Danger” which could lead to serious injury or death.

With files from Kelly Egan

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