SYDNEY – A toddler is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from an apartment window while holidaying with his family on the NSW Central Coast.
The three-year-old boy, from Canberra, fell four metres on to a concrete path from a first-floor window at The Entrance.
Paramedics, police and a helicopter trauma team attended to the boy shortly after 10am yesterday.
The boy was unconscious and was put into an induced coma before being flown to Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney.
It is believed that he has multiple skull fractures.
A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that he was in a critical condition.
Ambulance Inspector Brad Folitarik said the boy’s condition was touch-and-go.
“At this point in time it’s hard to tell whether or not the injuries are going to progress further,” Inspector Brad Folitarik told Macquarie Radio.
“It’s going to be a bit of a waiting game.”
The Australian Medical Association said the accident came as a reminder for parents to keep children away from windows and balconies.
“As we can see from today’s terrible accident where a young child fell and is sadly now in critical condition, this is something you need to take every precaution to avoid,” neurosurgeon Brian Owler said.
“Every year approximately 50 children fall from a window or balcony, and I fear this number may continue to grow as more families live in high-rise buildings.
“With the increased risk of falls from windows and balconies, it is crucial that parents take the necessary precautions to ensure their children don’t have access to windows or balconies, and that they are closely supervised at all times.”
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