4-Year-Old Critically Injured in Window Fall
Details of the Incident
According to the Washington Post, the young boy sustained his injuries after falling four stories to the hard ground below.
Authorities responded to the incident in the 19900 block of Sweetgum Circle around 5 pm. The boy was immediately taken to an area hospital.
As of 4 a.m. Monday morning, officials informed reporters that the child’s injuries were not considered life-threatening and that the boy will likely make a full recovery.
The events leading up to the incident and how the child came to fall from the window are still under investigation.
Child Window Fall Statistics
- A study published in Pediatrics found 98,415 children had been treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to window falls between 1990 and 2008.
- On average, that is more than 5,000 injuries every year.
- 28 percent of these emergency room visits required that the child remain hospitalized for an extended period of time.
- Toddlers under the age of four were most likely to be injured in window related falls.
- Every year, 15 to 20 children die from window fall-related injuries.
- Children’s Hospital Colorado warns that even a 10-foot fall can result in spinal injuries, traumatic head injuries, and paralysis.