It was a heart-stopping moment when a 3-year-old boy fell from the 15th floor window of his apartment in Changzhou, Jiangsu province last Monday. The boy, named Qiqi, landed on his face, yet miraculously survived despite multiple fractures. After undergoing intensive treatment, he has improved greatly but is not out of danger yet.
Mother sits by the bedside of her son in the hospital. (Photo/Yangtse Evening News)
Qiqi’s parents were in the middle of renovating their newly purchased apartment on the 15th floor of a residential building when the accident occurred. In order to ensure the safety of their little boy, the boy’s parents decided to install burglary-resistant windows for their balcony.
On April 11, workers removed the original balcony windows and started to install the new ones. Qiqi’s mother told the boy to stay away from the windows, and then she went into the kitchen to prepare lunch.
Unable to resist his curiosity, Qiqi approached the balcony window and fell from the 15th floor apartment. The boy’s mother actually witnessed his fall, but she was not able to do anything. She could only rush downstairs after her son was already on the ground.
A hard concrete floor 15 centimeters from where the boy landed. (Photo/ Yangtse Evening News)
She immediately saw a pool of blood in the muddy grass, but she didn’t see her son anywhere. In fact, it turned out that the boy had been spotted by a security guard who was patrolling in the community. The guard saw the boy land on his face. He turned the boy over and found that he was bleeding and crying, but not unconscious. He immediately sent the boy to a nearby hospital.
The boy was diagnosed with multiple fractures, including his skull, ribs, right femoral shaft and left pneumothorax. He also had pulmonary contusions and liver lacerations. According to the boy’s mother, his fall was slowed by a clothes hanger outside a window on the seventh floor.