Gladstone mum's warning after son falls out second-storey window
GARNET Sharpley is lucky to have escaped serious injury after falling two and a half metres from a second-storey window at his West Gladstone home on Saturday morning.
The bright and bubbly six-year-old was rushed to Gladstone Hospital just after midday following the fall but was released yesterday morning after doctors found no serious injuries.
"He still has lower back pain - he can't jump or anything because if he puts pressure on to his backbone it hurts," mum Cassie Ramsey said.
"It's definitely a miracle that nothing more serious was injured... the doctors were really surprised.
"He actually just wanted to stay in hospital - he loved the playroom."
Garnet fell from the window after a flyscreen he was leaning on gave way.
"He went to say hello to his friend who lives behind us, he's leant against the flyscreen and he's just gone out the window," Cassie said.
"I was in the lounge room and his little sister came out and told me he was outside... I found it really weird because I lock my doors. Then it twigged he must have fallen out."
Cassie ran outside to find Garnet lying on the ground.
"I carried him inside and told him to lay still on the couch," she said.
"He didn't brace himself so that's why there were no broken arms."
Cassie said anyone still using older-style flyscreens held in place with rubber cord should upgrade to the newer style of security screens, especially if they had children.
"I'm definitely going to get a new secure one, the (metal) ones that are screwed into the window," she said.
"And he won't be climbing up or leaning on it any more... he's definitely learnt his lesson.
"I'm just grateful it wasn't worse. I'm not too sure if I'm going to send him to school tomorrow!"
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Preventing falls from windows and balconies
Accidental falls account for 46% of injury hospitalisations for children aged between 5 and 14, according to a 2012 study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
They account for 42% of injury hospitalistions for children aged between 0 and 4, making it the leading cause of hospitalisation for both age brackets.
To prevent children falling from windows, The Children's Hospital at Westmead recommends:
- All windows above the ground floor to be opened no more than 12.5cm
- All windows have locks or latches fitted to stop those windows opening further
- Beds and other furniture are kept away from windows so children cannot climb up to them
- Parents do not rely on flyscreens to prevent a child from falling out of a window.