If you think that being rich and famous spares you from the horrors of daily life, think again. They may have influence and money at their disposal, but at the end of the day they’re just humans, and they are as prone to accidents as the rest of us.
The Dutch royal family was reminded of this fact when princess Alexia, second in the line of succession to the Dutch throne, suffered an accident during one of her family’s skiing trips.
In a statement issued by the palace, it revealed that the young Dutch princess broke her leg and was immediately flown to hospital for surgery.
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The 10-year-old princess, the second child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, was on holiday with her parents.
“She was immediately taken to hospital by helicopter where a fracture was found in her right thigh,” the palace said. “She is being operated on.”
The royal family partakes in these exclusive skiing holidays in the resort of Lech in western Austria every year since the late 1950s.
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This wasn’t the first accident the Dutch Royal family had suffered during their annual ski trips to Lech.
In February of 2012, an avalanche killed Prince Friso, the son of then-Queen Beatrix, was hit by an avalanche. He had been in a coma for 18 months before succumbing to his injuries.
Children and broken bones
Letting the children explore the great outdoors has a plethora of benefits, among which are: improved memory, improved grades, developed self-esteem, and enhanced health.
But letting them play outside can also mean exposure to accidents, and the most common of which is fractures (a term synonymous to broken bones).
Knowing whether or not a bone is broken may be tough, but fractures usually announce itself with swelling. Your child will be in pain and will find it hard to move the injured limb.
It’s also important to remember not to give them any pain medication unless your doctor explicitly greenlights it. To relieve pain, you can use a cold pack or a cold towel and place it on the swollen area.
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