Florida child stabbed in chest by catfish barb while fishing

Catfish stock photo. (Pixabay)

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Officials say a child in Florida was stabbed in the chest by a barb from a catfish during a fishing trip.

The child’s mother began driving toward a hospital on Monday afternoon but stopped in New Port Richey and called 911 when the child started having difficulty breathing.

Pasco County Fire Rescue spokesman Corey Dierdorff says the barb was embedded 1 to 1 1/2 inches in the child’s chest.

The child was airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.

Dierdorff says he doesn’t know how or where the child was stung, or what kind of catfish it was.

The child was under 10 years old.