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Boy in hospital after neighbours dig him out of collapsed snowbank

There is no update this morning on the condition of the nine-year-old Winnipeg boy who was found buried in the snow earlier this week.

The child was rushed to hospital in critical condition after a snow bank next to the walk of a Fort Richmond home collapsed on him Wednesday evening. Police believe the boy was digging a snow fort or a tunnel in the snow when the bank gave way.

Paramedics were called to the home at about 8 p.m., though it’s not known how long he was in the snow prior to being discovered by his mother.

Neighbours say they heard the mother screaming for help and quickly rushed out to help dig the boy out. Kimberly Hein, who lives next door to the home on Morningside Drive, said she was watching television when she heard the terrifying screams.

"We ran outside right away," Hein said this morning. "My daughter Rebecca started digging for the little boy with the mom, digging with their bare hands, but the mother was so hysterical. She was so upset.

"I ran and got more help and some other neighbours came to help us. Afterwards, once we had the boy out of the snow, we started CPR and the ambulance came. It was a terrible scene."

The boy was found unconscious and rushed to the hospital.

Hein wasn’t sure how much snow was on top of the boy, saying that there was only "a lot of snow" to get through.

"Our prayers are with the family," Hein added. "I can’t imagine what that poor mother is going through."

The boy attends Ryerson School in Fort Richmond. Counselling services will be provided to any students or staff who require help, an official with the Pembina Trails School Division said today.



Updated on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM CST:
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Updated on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM CST:
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