Monday 18 December 2017

Miracle as toddler stable after fall from balcony

Sam Griffin

A toddler had a miraculous escape after he fell from the balcony of a second-floor apartment complex in west Dublin yesterday.

The two-and-a-half-year-old was suspected to have suffered a fractured skull after plunging from the balcony at the Belfry Hall apartment complex on the Citywest Road at around 4pm.

However, hospital staff told the Irish Independent last night the child's injures were serious but not believed to be life-threatening.

Following the fall, the infant was rushed to nearby Tallaght Hospital but was later transferred to Temple Street in the city centre where a specialist paediatrician deals with such falls.

A spokesperson for Temple Street said the child was in a "stable condition" despite sustaining extensive injuries.

She said the child had been examined by the night superintendent on arrival at the hospital, adding she did not believe the child's injuries were life threatening.

Gardai at Tallaght are investigating the incident but say they are treating it as an accident.

A recent study carried out by Temple Street noted there was a significant increase in child falls, like this one, in the summer months. A total of 45 high fall cases were reported at Temple Street between January 2010 and September 2012

In two cases, falls from a height greater than 7.35 metres were recorded, both of which occurred from high rise apartment windows and both resulted in death. These children both had multiple injuries and significant brain contusions, the study found.

It also encouraged the installation of safeguards in high rise apartment buildings to prevent such accidents.

Irish Independent

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