Nice: Five children were fighting for their lives after the truck attack in Nice, including an unidentified 8-year-old boy who is possibly a foreigner, said a hospital spokeswoman.
The children were being treated at the Fondation Lenval paediatric hospital in the French Riviera city, where a Tunisian drove a truck through a Bastille Day crowd on Thursday, killing 84. Ten children and teenagers were among the dead. Lenval spokeswoman Stephanie Simpson said “five children are still in critical condition and one child has stabilised”, adding the hospital had received 30 children the night of the attack.
She said the youngest to be treated at Lenval was six-months-old, with most of the children being treated for head trauma and fractures.
“We are used to treating lots of children, what has been difficult to manage is the psychological aspect,” Simpson said. A team of trauma counsellors has been working at the hospital, seeing over 50 families since the attack.
Fifty children were taken to hospital – some of their relatives have still not been found. Desperate families have been sharing pictures of their missing children on social media since Thursday night. But among the horror were some heartwarming tales of families being reunited after the devastation. President Francois Hollande said the country would observe three days of mourning as he warned the death toll could rise further.