A schoolboy out playing with a pal needed 19 stitches after ripping open his thigh on a wooden fence - which his mum says is in desperate need of repair.
Bailey Middleton-Doggett, aged eight, injured himself while taking a short cut onto a baseball court surrounded by a fence made from upturned railway sleepers opposite his home on Meadowcroft Rise, Westfield.
But Bailey’s mum Kirsty Middleton, 24, said one of the wooden posts was broken and brittle, which meant her son scraped his leg on a shard of wood, causing a large wound.
“It was terrible, when I saw the wound I was nearly physically sick, I could see the muscle in his leg,” she said.
“I want some proper fencing put up and the basketball court clearing as well - there’s broken glass all over it. It’s not a good start to Bailey’s summer holiday.”
Sheffield Council has now promised to block off the sleepers with boarding before permanent repairs are made.
Kirsty said Bailey, a Year Three pupil at Emmanuel School in Waterthorpe, was hurt while playing with friend Zak Edwards, also eight, at about 4pm.
She said: “I’m always telling him off for climbing, but there’s a gap between the sleepers for them to get onto the basketball court.
“He’s lifted his leg up and slipped and fallen onto the broken sleeper. He actually walked back to the house with the wound.”
Bailey was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he spent around five hours being treated.
“The fence has probably been there about 20 years and something needs doing,” said Kirsty.
Paul Billington, Sheffield Council’s director of culture and environment, said: “As soon as we were made aware of Bailey’s injury a council officer inspected the site.
“We are making arrangements to block off the sleepers with boarding as a temporary measure while we find a permanent solution.
“We wish Bailey all the best for a speedy recovery.”