|Two fall from balcony
girl flown to Dallas for treatment of head injuries
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Jan. 8, 2007 - An 8-year-old girl was flown to Children’s Hospital of Dallas for head and facial fractures reportedly sustained after she and a young man fell from a second story balcony Saturday afternoon.
Police responded at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, along with Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel and Sulphur Springs firefighters, to a call of a child falling from the second story balcony of a South Moore Street apartment building.
When officials arrived, the girl’s mother was holding her crying child on the side walk next the building. The child was bleeding from her nose, had scratches on her forehead and a medium sized bump was beginning to protrude from the center of her forehead. The 8-year-old also had a large bruise on her thigh. She was taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, where she was determined to have sustained head and facial fractures resulting in the elementary student being rushed to Children’s Hospital in Dallas to be treated for the head trauma, according to police reports.
The young man who also fell from the second story balcony, located an estimated 10 to 12 feet from the ground, was checked out at the scene by EMS personnel for scratches and a possible broken arm. He also later was treated at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for a bruised hip and chest.
One witness reported seeing two people fall when the railing broke. Another witness told police the young man climbed the balcony from the outside and was hanging from the balcony railing on the patio. The child was standing beside him when it broke and also fell to the ground below.
The injured man said he was playing with the little girl when the rail broke. She reached for him and both fell to the ground below, according to police reports.
The incident, documented due to the nature of the injuries, was being treated as an accident as of Sunday afternoon.