10-year-old rushed to hospital after being found in the cold - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

10-year-old rushed to hospital after being found in the cold

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A 10-year-old girl walking to school without a hat or mittens was rushed to the emergency room Thursday morning to be treated for possible frostbite.

At 8:15 Thursday morning, a man with a 10-year-old girl knocked on the door of a house on Reed street.  Ashley Reiteri says the good Samaritan was a stranger who saw the little girl on her way to school, but she was so cold she sat on the curb to rest. He gave her a ride until she recognized a house in the neighborhood.

"He asked if we knew her and we said yeah, and we got her in, and she was real cold, and we were trying to get her warm," Reiteri said.

The child seemed to be going into shock, so Reiteri and others in the house tried to keep her warm and called an ambulance. 

Reiteri said the child wasn't wearing a hat or gloves, something LeBonheir physician Dr. John Hill said can be dangerous in cold weather.

"Dress the kid appropriately," Hill said.

According to Hill, if a child is approaching frost bite, he or she may show a change in personality or become slow to respond.

"If you have frost bite, then the hands or feet - it's usually far out parts of the body - they may be blue, but most important there is no feeling," he said.

Parents say its all about common sense. 

"Don't let them walk to school in this cold weather especially not that far, take them to school," Reiteri said.

The weather has prompted school administrators in Nashville to cancel classes, but here in Memphis and Shelby County, school will go on tomorrow.

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