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Michael Gove thanks NHS after son’s horror accident on Christmas Eve

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Cabinet minister Michael Gove has thanked the “wonderful” NHS staff who treated his son after a horrific accident on Christmas Eve.

Fourteen-year-old Will was badly injured when he tripped over their Christmas tree and fell through plate-glass French windows at the family home in London.

Mr Gove’s wife, newspaper columnist Sarah Vine, described how Will was rushed to A&E and spent seven hours having cuts on his shoulder stitched up, including a “huge gash of about 10cm long” revealing bone and tissues.

She said she rushed home after being called by her son while out doing last-minute Christmas shopping, and said a strip of flesh was hanging on the same arm “like something out of a horror movie”.

After running home, she said she found her son shaking and covered in bloodied kitchen towels.

“His lips were blue, and the hall was looking distinctly Quentin Tarantino,” she wrote in the Daily Mail on Christmas Day.

“Both French door windowpanes were jagged, gaping holes. Carpet, presents, tree were all covered in a fine spattering of blood.”

When Mr Gove arrived back home, “gasping for air having sprinted back from the Tube station”, an ambulance crew prepared to take Will to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

On Boxing Day, the environment secretary paid tribute to the NHS, tweeting: “Just wanted to thank wonderful team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for their kindness and professionalism this Christmas – especially the superb trauma surgeon Mr Ibrahim – we are in your debt.”

Ms Vine wrote that their son was “stitched up a treat” by doctors, who included consultant surgeon Edward Ibrahim.

She said her son emerged on a Christmas Eve night “excited at the prospect of some thrilling scars with which to wow the girls” and was well enough to open his presents on Christmas Day.

Ms Vine added that the incident reminded her of the fragility of life and that her son could have “easily severed a ligament, or, much worse, an artery” if he had fallen an inch to the side either way.

“Had Will’s guardian angel not been paying close attention this Christmas Eve, I could have been facing a very different Christmas from the one I’ve just enjoyed,” she said.

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