WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A toddler survived a six-story fall because of a car that was parked directly below broke his fall instead of landing on the pavement.
- According to the Redmond Police Department, apparently, the child who was left alone managed to push the screen window open and fell out.
- Accidents such as these are typically high during the hot months where parents normally leave their windows open for ventilation.
The life of a 20-month-old boy who fell out of a six-story window was saved by a car that was parked down below. Thankfully, the owner, Edward Lu, parked his car in the right place at the right time which helped break the boy’s fall.
“That’s a big dent, I couldn’t believe it,” Redmond, Washington resident Lu told KOMO. “I don’t know what would have happened if I had driven on.”
According to the news station, the toddler was in serious but stable condition in the ICU at the hospital where he was immediately taken after the incident.
Redmond Police Department Officer James Perry explained to KOMO that the child would have fallen straight onto the pavement if the car wasn’t there, and that would have been a different story.
Reportedly, the boy had been left alone in a room when he got himself up to a window, pushed out a screen and fell out 70 feet below. Redmond Police said that it was when his 4-year-old sister called for help that the mother was alerted to the situation.
Luck may have played a role in the child’s survival. However, the Redmond Police Department cautions that when a child is nearby, parents should keep their windows locked to stop tragic accidents from taking place.
“It doesn’t matter what floor you’re on, it doesn’t matter the season of the year, bad things can happen if a child has access to an open window,” said Perry.
An influx of accidents of children falling out of windows typically occurs during summer. Families usually leave their windows open for ventilation, especially during hot days. Like in the case of four toddlers in San Jose, California who, in just a course of two weeks, fell out of second and third-story windows in 2017.
Dr. Adella Garland told the newspaper that window screens do not prevent falls, and recommends parents to move furniture away from windows. Additionally, the parenting website Very Well Family also suggests using window guards or gates or installing window stops or a ledge to prevent windows from being opened and prevent a child from falling out.