Tuesday 21 November 2017

Toddler 'fractures skull' after plunge from apartment balcony

The Belfry Apartments at City West where a child fell from a second story apartment yesterday
The Belfry Apartments at City West where a child fell from a second story apartment yesterday

Sam Griffin

A TODDLER is recovering in hospital this morning after he plunged from the balcony of an apartment complex in Dublin.

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 yesterday


It is believed the child’s injuries are 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.


A Temple Street spokeswoman said the child had been examined by the night superintendent on arrival at the hospital and said 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 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 instalment of safeguards in high rise apartment buildings to prevent such accidents.

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