ABU DHABI // A seven-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after he got a pencil jammed 6cm deep into his neck.
The child was taken for emergency surgery to remove the pencil after he fell on top of it while in his school class in the capital.
Two school nurses held the pencil in place with gauze to avoid any haemorrhage while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
In hospital, the pencil was surgically removed and the child kept in the intensive care unit overnight before being transferred to the paediatric ward. He is in a stable condition.
The director of the school health services department at Seha, Dr Najah Mustafa, said: “School nurses are trained and qualified to deal with emergency cases in schools.”