By CBSBoston.com Staff

DEDHAM (CBS) – A 9-year-old boy was hospitalized Wednesday after his leg was impaled on a fence surrounding his apartment complex.

The Dedham Fire Department cut a 9-year-old boy off this fence, which was stuck through his leg, Wednesday afternoon. (WBZ-TV)

The Dedham Fire Department responded to the call around 5 p.m. and found the tip of the fence had gone through the boy’s right thigh. The fire department had to use the hydraulic cutters used in car accidents to cut a section of the fence off — just small enough to fit in the ambulance — and get the boy on the ground. He was taken with the fence in his leg to Children’s Hospital Boston.

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Dedham Fire Chief William F. Spillane said the boy didn’t cry and was the bravest child he has seen in more than 20 years of firefighting.

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Spillane said it was likely the boy was taking a shortcut home and slipped as he was climbing over the top of the fence.

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The boy is undergoing surgery and is expected to recover.

CBSBoston.com Staff