Boy Critical After Toad Hunting Mishap Involving Golf Club
A teenage boy is fighting for life in a Brisbane hospital after accidentally being hit on the head with a golf club while hunting for cane toads with his mates.
The 13-year-old's friends frantically performed CPR after the boy was struck near a former Maroochydore golf course about 7.30pm on Saturday.
Paramedics rushed the boy the Nambour Hospital in a critical condition and he's since been flown to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.
Police said it was a tragic accident and there are no suspicious circumstances.
The ambulance service said the boy suffered a significant head injury and friends performed CPR on the teen while they waited for help to arrive.
He was injured in Hazeltine Court, which runs along one boundary of the former Horton Park Golf Course site.
The grandmother of one of the boy's mates said the injured teen's mother was devastated.
"She called my grandson yesterday and she was absolutely distraught," the woman, who didn't want to be named, told The Courier-Mail.
"We are all pretty shocked."
The grandmother said the boy was a student at the Maroochydore State High School.
The RSPCA has repeatedly appealed to Queenslanders intent on killing cane toads not to hit them with golf clubs or cricket bats, saying such methods rarely kill the pests.
It says cane toads should be killed humanely by putting them to sleep in the fridge, before freezing them.