Marist College Ashgrove student Connor Petterson, 14, has bounced back after an accident at Adventure Alternatives in Woodford.
Marist College Ashgrove student Connor Petterson, 14, has bounced back after an accident at Adventure Alternatives in Woodford.

High-ropes boy back at school

A BOY injured in a critical accident on a high-ropes course has returned to school and is "doing very well" just weeks after families were asked to pray for him.

Connor Petterson, 14, from Marist College in Ashgrove, was flown to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in a critical condition after suffering neck and head injuries on May 23.

The teen had been on a school camp at Adventure Alternatives at Woodford when he became entangled in rope.

Listed as critical in the intensive care unit in hospital, Connor's parents said: "Prayers for our son and our family would be greatly appreciated."

Days later, Connor received the all clear from an MRI scan and began to recover from a collapsed lung, the school said.

Now a college spokeswoman has told The Sunday Mail: "Connor has come back to school and is doing very well."

The Year 9 camp was cancelled after the incident and students were offered counselling.

Adventure Alternatives boss Todd Samorowski said staff were devastated, but he described the incident as a "freak accident" and defended the professionalism and safety of the site.

He said it had nothing to do with the "misuse or failure of any safety equipment, instructional or participant error".

"But please know we are determined to understand the causes fully and will do whatever is required to prevent something like this occurring again," he said. Staff involved in the first-aid response and Mr Samorowski have since met with the family.

"It was lovely to sit down and chat with Connor and his family, who were very warm and welcoming," Adventure Alternatives said on Facebook.

"It was fantastic to see him so well and to witness his family's strength and kindness."



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