3-year-old critical after falling out Seattle third-story window

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 21 at 2:22 PM

A 3-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries after falling out a third-story window on Saturday.

Police say at about 3 p.m., the family was at home and the boy was playing in his bedroom, which overlooks NE 50th St.

The child's mother was in the kitchen cooking and his father was sleeping (the father works varied shift hours).  The boy apparently climbed up on a play table that was even with the base of the window.

Police say at some point it appears the child put pressure on the screen, which gave way and he fell out the 3rd floor window, falling almost 25 feet to the concrete sidewalk.

“Right when we walked out I looked up and I saw the open window and I thought, I hope it wasn’t a kid that fell out," said Brian Parker

Parker added one of the first people to respond was a head and neck surgeon, who was able to help stabilize the child.

The Seattle Fire Department said the victim likely suffered multiple fractures to his head and neck and was at Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

UW Medicine says every year, 30 to 50 children are treated at Harborview Medical Center for injuries caused by falls from windows.

They say window screens do not keep children from falling. They are designed to pop out for fire safety and can be pushed out by the weight of a toddler.

Seattle Children's Hospital offers the following tips:
 

  • Move furniture away from windows.
  • Install window guards or stops on windows. Kids can fall from windows open as little as five inches.
  • Don’t rely on window screens – screens keep bugs out, but they don’t keep kids in.
  • If you don’t have window guards or stops, keep windows latched.
  • Watch young children closely.
     

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