The five-year-old boy who fell off of a balcony of a thirdstorey apartment in Whalley is expected to recover.
"It's remarkable we haven't had any more tragic events," said Sgt. Drew Grainger. "We're just thankful that the child is going to make a full recovery."
Early Thursday afternoon, the boy climbed over the railing of the balcony of an apartment in the 10700-block of 139th Street. According to RCMP, he fell to the concrete
below and broke a vertebra.
Grainger said the boy was at home with his two-year-old brother and his mother, but his mom was locked out of the apartment while momentarily picking up a vacuum cleaner from a neighbour.
"The door locked behind her with the children still inside," he said. "In the short time that she was away, the five-year-old managed to get up and over the rail and fall to the ground."
Paramedics were first to arrive at the scene and the child was airlifted to B.C. Children's Hospital from Forsyth Road Elementary, across the street from the complex. RCMP used a ladder to climb up to the balcony and safely rescue the two-year-old.
Grainger said that every year, Surrey has two or three incidents of children falling out of windows or off of balconies.
"As parents, we just have to be mindful of the vulnerabilities that our children are in around open windows, whether it be a balcony or a window that's screened or not," he said.
In May, a three-year-old girl survived a 12-foot fall through a window of a house in Newton. She was bouncing on a couch on the home's second floor and pushed against the window screen, which popped out of the frame, causing the girl to fall into a garden below.
Last August, a two-year-old girl fell from the ninth-floor balcony of a Whalley apartment building two days before her parents were set to wed. She was taken to hospital in critical condition, but she did not survive.
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