Date
21 January 2017
Canvas canopy at a ground floor restaurant is said to have saved a boy from certain death in an accident in Kwai Chung on Sunday. Photo: Google Maps
Canvas canopy at a ground floor restaurant is said to have saved a boy from certain death in an accident in Kwai Chung on Sunday. Photo: Google Maps

Seven-year-old boy battles for life after falling from building

A 7-year-old boy is fighting for his life at a local hospital after falling from an apartment building in Kwai Chung on Sunday.

According to an Apple Daily report, the boy can be deemed lucky as his fall was cushioned by a canvas canopy at the ground floor of the building.

The accident took place at Lion Building on Shek Yam Road at around 6 pm.   

The child, said to bear the surname Law, fell from the third floor of the building where he was living with his family in a sub-divided flat.

He crashed into the canvas copy of a restaurant downstairs before falling on to the roof of a car parked at the entrance. 

Law suffered head injuries but was conscious and screaming as pedestrians gathered around him. 

He was rushed to hospital and is said to be in critical condition.

Police are carrying out investigations at accident scene.

It is believed that the boy fell from the terrace outside his flat as he was leaning over iron railings.

He may have lost his balance as the floor and the railings were slippery due to rain.

His 35-year-old mother was in the kitchen when the accident happened. She rushed to the terrace when she heard a loud thud.

The woman was placed under arrest on charges of child negligence.

An employee of a nearby shop told Apple Daily that the boy may have died had it not been for the canvas canopy at the ground floor restaurant.

Ho Oi-chu, director of welfare group Against Child Abuse, said parents should take care to lock up windows when young children are around. 

Accidents or deaths in children under 10 mostly arise due to household lapses, according to The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong.

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