The Courier-Journal is reporting that a 3-year-old boy was severely injured on Friday when he fell from a parking garage at Norton Suburban Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. So far, according to the paper, Norton’s media relations manager, Brian Rublein, says that the hospital is unaware of how the fall occurred.
Early reports, that the child had fallen from a window, were denied by Rublein as inaccurate. This report had previously come from a St. Matthew’s police dispatcher. It is still unclear which version of events is correct. The child was seen at Norton Suburban Hospital’s emergency room before being transferred to Kosair Children’s Hospital. According to the same St. Matthew’s police dispatcher, the child was conscious and believed to be alert after the fall. It is unknown how far the child fell.
Comments on the Courier-Journal’s website questioned where the child’s parents were when this tragedy occurred. However without knowing all of the facts, it is premature to blame anyone in this terrible situation. There is no way of knowing, without further investigation, whether there may have been some other factor or factors that may have led to the fall. If the child did, in fact, fall from the garage, we do not know whether there were adequate safeguards, railings or warnings in the area of the fall. If the child actually fell from a window, that raises many more questions about the ability of a 3 year old to open a window inside of a hospital building and climb out.
If more information becomes available about the child’s condition or the facts behind the fall, we will try to update this post.