A FIVE-year-old British boy has been rushed to hospital in a “critical” condition after reportedly collapsing at his Magaluf hotel.
Local reports said the youngster, who was on holiday with his family, was revived by paramedics who practised CPR on him during a near hour-long drama after he went into cardiac arrest.
The family were staying at the four-star Sol Barbados Hotel, which today declined to comment.
Respected island newspaper Cronica Balear said the youngster had been complaining of stomach pains and had been vomiting before he collapsed.
It also said his parents had decided to give him a paracetamol before he took a turn for the worse.
Several local police patrols and at least three ambulances responded to an emergency call from the hotel, which is understood to have been made just before midday yesterday after a doctor was called.
Paramedics reportedly managed to recover the boy’s pulse using CPR after arriving to find the doctor and local police assisting him, but he is said to have still been unconscious when he was rushed to Son Espases Hospital in the island capital Palma with a police escort in a “critical condition.”
Local police in the capital Palma were also drafted in to help their colleagues in the neighbouring municipality of Calvia, which covers the resort of Magaluf, and clear roads to make sure the ambulance carrying the youngster reached hospital as soon as possible.
Cronica Balear did not publish the nationality of the youngster, but well-placed sources confirmed this morning he was British.
It was not made clear how long he had been without a pulse and what could have caused the drama.
Officials at Son Espases Hospital were not immediately available for comment this morning.
Hotel staff told journalists to call the Majorcan HQ of parent firm Melia, but a receptionist said the offices were closed and no-one was available until Monday.
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