Schoolgirl, 13, who was paralysed after suffering brain damage makes it out of her hospital bed

Schoolgirl, 13, who was paralyzed after suffering brain damage when she was ‘picked up and dropped on her head’ makes it out of her hospital bed for first time as family thank wellwishers for support

  • Neeka Atkinson suffered brain injury on July 8 at Archbishop Sentamu Academy
  • She was rush to hospital after she started fitting and put in an induced coma
  • Neeka was yesterday out of hospital bed looking at the view from her window

A schoolgirl who was paralyzed after she was allegedly picked up and dropped on her head in the playground has made it out of her hospital bed for the first time.

Neeka Atkinson, 13, suffered a brain injury on July 8 at Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull after she was allegedly dropped head first onto a concrete floor.

She was rushed to hospital after she started fitting.

Neeka was put in an induced coma and a CT scan revealed she had a blood clot in her brain. After a lengthy surgery, Neeka was in a stable condition but the left side of her body was paralyzed and she struggled to speak.

Neeka Atkinson (pictured yesterday out of her hospital bed for the first time), 13, suffered a brain injury on July 8 at Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull after she was allegedly dropped head first onto a concrete floor

Neeka Atkinson (pictured yesterday out of her hospital bed for the first time), 13, suffered a brain injury on July 8 at Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull after she was allegedly dropped head first onto a concrete floor

Neeka (pictured before the incident) was put in an induced coma and a CT scan revealed she had a blood clot in her brain

Neeka (pictured before the incident) was put in an induced coma and a CT scan revealed she had a blood clot in her brain

Her sister Alisha Atkinson posted a picture of Neeka out of her hospital bed on Wednesday and looking out at the view of the city from Hull Royal Infirmary. Alisha said: ‘She’s got that fire in her belly to fight this! My little superstar!’

A GoFundMe page set up ahead of Neeka’s transfer to a Sheffield hospital for rehabilitation has now reached over £10,000 with well wishers quick to send messages of support.

Alisha said her sister will be moved to Sheffield ‘when she’s stable’ to learn to walk and talk properly again. She added: ‘I’ve let her know of all your support and kindness and her face lit up, she’s a little fighter!

‘Anyone that needs to drop cards off as I’ve had a few messages, direct message for my address and I’ll be happy to get them to her! And thank you for all the support on her GoFundMe. We’ve nearly hit our goal.’

After a lengthy surgery, Neeka (pictured in hospital) was in a stable condition but the left side of her body was paralyzed and she struggled to speak

After a lengthy surgery, Neeka (pictured in hospital) was in a stable condition but the left side of her body was paralyzed and she struggled to speak

The family set up the GoFundMe page ahead of Neeka’s transfer to a Sheffield hospital for rehabilitation. On the fundraising page, Alisha added: ‘Any donations will go towards accommodation for my nana to stay there long-term to support Neeka and help her make a full recovery but it will take a very long time to come on.

‘It will also help cover costs of equipment she will need in the long term in order to regain her mobility back. Anything left over will be kept for Neeka to support her in the future. Any help is appreciated thank you.’

Earlier this week, Humberside Police said a teenage boy accused of dropping Neeka was arrested on Friday after the incident. He was interviewed in connection with the incident on Friday before being released on bail whilst the investigation continues.

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: ‘Investigations are continuing after a 13-year-old girl was injured in an incident at a Hull school on Friday 8th July. We received a call shortly after 4pm reporting that the girl had suffered a serious injury, reportedly caused by a boy who is known to her, earlier that day whilst at school.

The family set up the GoFundMe page ahead of Neeka's transfer to a Sheffield hospital for rehabilitation.  Pictured: Archbishop Sentamu Academy in east Hull

The family set up the GoFundMe page ahead of Neeka’s transfer to a Sheffield hospital for rehabilitation. Pictured: Archbishop Sentamu Academy in east Hull

‘She was taken to a local hospital, where she has been responding to treatment and currently remains in a stable condition. The matter is being investigated by detectives and a number of inquiries have already been carried out to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

‘A teenage boy was investigation arrested and interviewed in connection with the incident on Friday before being released on bail whilst our continues..’ Police have urged anyone with information on the incident to call their non-emergency number 101 line quoting reference 22000031945.

The school previously issued a statement following the incident. Helen Winn, who started as Executive Principal on Monday, said: ‘We are all desperately worried about our 13-year-old student following an incident last week. All our thoughts are with her, her family and her friends at this very difficult time.

‘We are enormously grateful for the outstanding work of our healthcare professionals who we know are doing all they can for her. Because of the police involvement in the case, we are unable to say anything further at this stage.’

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