PULASKI - Parents of a 10-year-old
boy used CPR to revive him Thursday night after they found him hanging
by a rope from a tree in their yard, state police said.
The boy, whose name was not released
was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit of Carilion
Roanoke Community Hospital on Friday, according to state Trooper
Roark said his investigation showed
the boy was playing when he fell or jumped and got tangled in the
"He tied the rope to a branch
and then climbed a fence column that was about 5 feet tall,"
The parents, who live in the southeastern
area of the county, cut the rope holding their son and found he
was not breathing and had no pulse, Roark said. They immediately
performed CPR and were able to revive their child.
sure [the CPR] made all the difference in the world, because it took
us about 15 minutes to get there," Roark said.
Roark said he did not know how long
the boy had been hanging in the tree, but said it could not have
been more than a few minutes. Any longer than that, Roark said,
and the boy could not have been revived.
Brad Nester, Pulaski County Rescue
Squad captain, said an emergency call came in a little after 8 p.m.
saying a boy was hanging from a tree. "He was laying on the
ground when we got there," Nester said.