Saturday 3 December 2016

Young boy remains in critical condition following apartment fall

Eoghan MacConnell and Robin Schiller

Published 23/09/2016 | 18:06

A boy, who is believed to be three years old, fell from an apartment block at Granary Court in Edenderry Picture: Arthur Carron
A boy, who is believed to be three years old, fell from an apartment block at Granary Court in Edenderry Picture: Arthur Carron

A young child is in a critical condition after falling from an apartment in Co Offaly this morning.

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The boy, who is believed to be three years old, fell from an apartment block at Granary Court in Edenderry at around 11am.

Gardai in Edenderry are treating the incident as an accident.

A passing motorist is understood to have come to boy’s aid after witnessing the fall.

It’s understood that together with the child’s mother, the man brought the boy to a local medical centre where he was attended to by a doctor before an ambulance arrived.

A witness who was in the centre at the time said; “A woman came in and said a baby was after falling from a window and could they bring him in there.”

Dublin's Temple Street Hospital
Dublin's Temple Street Hospital

The witness, who asked not to be identified, said the child was conscious and moaning when he arrived.

The three-year-old was originally rushed to Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin, but was subsequently transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

The incident is currently under investigation by gardai, who were not made aware of the fall until this afternoon.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that they are investigating the fall, which occurred at approximately 11am this morning.

Local councillor Noel Cribbin, who lives near the scene, expressed his sympathies with the young child’s family and wished for a full recovery.

“The main thing at this point is that the child recovers. My thoughts are with his family at this time,” Mr Cribbin said.

Gardai are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 93 27600.

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