Little boy, 8, crushed to death by crossbar when playing football with friends

An eight-year-old boy has been killed by falling a crossbar during a kickabout with pals.

An investigation is now underway to find out how the horrific accident happened in Al-Safa Park, Desouq, Egypt.

Yahya Hamd Al-Saeed had been playing football with his friends when the crossbar crushed him, landing on his stomach.

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He was rushed to hospital after it happened, complaining for stomach pains, local news outlets report, and was immediately treated by surgeons who tried to stem internal bleeding.

His father, Hamdi Al-Saeed, told local media his son was transferred to a hospital in Alexandria 50 miles away when his condition worsened.

Recalling the shocking moment, he said: “I was in my house and I found the door banging and someone I met was carrying my son in his hand like a shroud.

“I was very scared, I entered the bathroom and I found my son returning blood (bleeding heavily).

Hamdi added: “I thought it was a simple matter, but it turned out to be a big deal.

“The doctors in Desouq prepared my son for surgery, and he underwent an operation at Desouq Hospital.

“His condition worsened and then he was transferred to Alexandria.”

The grieving father said that doctors in Alexandria performed four further operations on his son, but he died soon after, on April 22.

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He said that the cause of death was established as toxic shock that shut down Yehia's heart and respiratory system.

The authorities from the Desouk Prosecution office had initially closed their investigation but have now reopened it on suspicion of negligence and ordered an autopsy to take place after the child's father was reportedly accused of negligence by the management of the Al-Safa Park.

The investigation is ongoing and no further comments have been made.

Desouq has a population of around 134k, with most inhabitants supporting 57-year-old Egyptian third-tier club Desouk SC.

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