A toddler is fighting for life in a north Queensland hospital after she was reportedly found hanging by her neck from a swing set.

The Daily Mercury newspaper reports the three-year-old girl wasn’t breathing when her mother found her on the swing set on the family’s property at Koumala, south of Mackay, on Thursday afternoon.

An RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter spokeswoman said the young girl was playing on the swing set while her mother tended to animals on the property.

The mother found her daughter hanging with the swing rope around her neck and not breathing.

CPR was performed and the girl’s pulse returned before she was airlifted to Townsville Hospital.

The girl is believed to be in a stable condition.

We wish her a speedy recovery.

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  • Oh, how incredibly devastating! Such an incredible thing to happen!!


  • Oh. How scary. I hope the girl is now back home, safe and sound


  • How awful !! Hope the girl is recovering soon & totally off her injuries and mum from the shock ! Bless them !


  • I really hope this child recovers fully and quickly.


  • What a ghastly accident. And yet you can’t watch every kid every moment of the day. Sympathy to her mother, who must feel awful.


  • It happens way too quickly doesn’t it? Kids and accidents, no matter how much you watch them, they still happen. Wishing her a full recovery


  • What a horrifying experience, certainly something you would never expect to happen. It raises the question. At what age is it safe to allow a child to play outside alone. At 3 years of age some little ones can unlock a security door without a key and sneak outside without your knowledge. (you can’t stop them when you desperately need to use the toilet). The door locks are lower on the the newer houses than the older ones. I proved that with our little one within a few days of moving. Imagine the shock I got. ggrrr. Is the photo of the actual swing? It almost looks like it is in an area the size of a small paddock.


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