A British schoolboy has been rushed to hospital by air ambulance after a freak accident at a shopping centre.1lanzaThe eight-year-old suffered severe head injuries after falling about 10 feet from a stairwell in the unnamed retail centre in the resort of Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.

He was stabilised by a doctor from a local health centre at the scene and paramedics before being rushed to the island airport by ambulance because of the nature of his injuries and flown to the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria .

He was taken there in a medicalised ambulance and admitted on arrival to a specialist children’s hospital in the capital Las Palmas. Local reports said he had suffered an “acute brain injury” as a result of the fall.  Health officials confirmed today he was still being treated for the injuries he sustained. The incident occurred around 10.30pm on Saturday.

It is not yet known if the British youngster was on holiday or lived on the island, although the former fishing village of Playa Blanca near the island’s southerly tip is now Lanzarote’s second most popular tourist resort.