Toddler falls three stories in Antioch

October 19, 2009 12:53:42 PM PDT
A toddler fell three stories out of a kitchen window in Antioch Sunday afternoon. The accident happened on Wilbur Avenue when the child climbed onto a table pushed against a kitchen window then fell through the screen.

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The Antioch Fire Department says the boy was checked out of Children's Hospital and suffered only a bruised lung and a bump on his head. Witnesses at the scene said the child was actually conscious and it appears he will survive this giant fall without needing surgery.

Officials say the 2-year-old leaned against the screen of an open apartment window and fell three floors, hitting the ground below. Many stories have been told of children falling from as high as two floors and surviving. But it is much less common to hear of a child falling from three floors or higher without being seriously injured or killed.

"So, I went to get my water from in the refrigerator and I saw people coming down. I heard a sound like 'Pop!' on the cement and there was a baby on the floor. Then, I saw people running from up the stairs," said witness Beatrice Wilson.

"We got on scene. We found the child laying on the ground on his back. He was conscious. He was crying," recalled Capt. Charles Turner with the Antioch Fire Department. "But, with a child, you really cannot tell the alertness or if there's any damage cervically. So, we went ahead and packed the child up and headed to the hospital via helicopter."

Fire officials think that when the boy fell out, he flipped and landed on chest, bruising his lung and bumping his head. Considering that he landed on cement, it is remarkable he did not suffer very serious injuries.

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