Auburn 6-year-old hospitalized after collapsing at recess

AUBURN, Mass. — A 6-year-old boy is fighting for his life at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after collapsing during recess.

It was around noon Wednesday when Auburn firefighters got a call from Pakachoag Elementary School, saying the first grade student fell on the playground.

“We were in the back of the school where the playground is, that's where the child was when we got there,” Deputy Auburn Fire Chief Glenn Johnson said.

The boy was right next to the ball cart when he fell to the ground. Teachers who were nearby ran to help the boy and used a walkie talkie to call the school nurse who ran out to perform CPR.

“It's one of the most difficult calls we have to do,” Johnson said. “The patient was not talking.”

Parents received automated calls alerting them to what happened.

“It's very sad, a child came to school today and ended up in an ambulance,” Christine Robertson said.