Boy, 3, who fell six storeys dies

Boy, 3, who fell six storeys dies
The parapet where a three-year-old boy landed after he fell out of a six-storey unit at Block 168 Stirling Road at about 6pm on 28 April 2015.

The three-year-old boy who fell from the sixth storey of a block in Stirling Road in late April has died.

The boy, believed to be an Indonesian, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday while still warded at the National University Hospital (NUH).

The toddler fell from Block 168, minutes after his maternal grandmother went downstairs to pick up a pair of shorts.

The incident happened at about 6pm on April 28, and residents The New Paper spoke to recalled hearing a thud before loud cries from the boy were heard. One of the first to reach the fallen child was foreign domestic helper Cherrylyn Fabillano, 28.

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"There was no blood but there was a bad bruise on his lower back and buttocks. I believed he landed on his bottom. I was afraid he fractured his spine and hips," she told TNP yesterday.

Miss Fabillano said she cradled the boy's head to keep him from writhing, but she was told by passers-by and her employer, who by this time had emerged from the bathroom, not to touch the boy.

Yet, when the boy's grandmother appeared, she picked him up "by the armpits and carried him home, despite people telling her not to move him and to wait for the paramedics," Miss Fabillano recounted.

The boy was in critical condition and warded at NUH for more than six weeks before he died.

When approached, the hospital's spokesman said: "The family has requested for privacy and the hospital will not provide further comment, in view of patient confidentiality."

The boy's parents were home when The New Paper visited the flat yesterday, but they declined to be interviewed.

Property records listed the flat owners as Mr Heryanto Tjandra and Ms Christine Santoso, and neighbours said the family moved in more than two years ago but kept to themselves.

Madam Devi, 81, who lives on the ground floor, said she had been praying for the boy's speedy recovery.

She said about this death: "It is sad when such a young child dies. I will now pray for his soul."


This article was first published on June 12, 2015.
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