Child injuries: the stories behind the statistics
Every day around the world the lives of more than 2000 families are torn apart by the loss of a child to an unintentional injury – due to a road traffic crash, a drowning, burn, fall or poisoning – most of which could be prevented. The grief that the victims' parents, siblings, grandparents and friends suffer is immeasurable. Such tragedies change lives irrevocably.
The following are six stories of children who were injured or who died from a preventable cause. Drawn from the World report on child injury prevention, the stories remind us that behind the statistics are real faces, real families and real lives. They emphasize that if prevention measures such as those outlined in the world report were taken or emergency medical services had been accessible, an enormous amount of suffering could have been avoided.
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