Thetford mum’s joy at tot’s ‘miracle’ escape from 10ft fall on to a padded chair

Katy Ward with her son, 23-months-old Leonte, who is recovering after falling from a first storey window at their home in Thetford. Picture: Denise Bradley Katy Ward with her son, 23-months-old Leonte, who is recovering after falling from a first storey window at their home in Thetford. Picture: Denise Bradley

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
9:45 AM

A one-year-old Thetford boy came within inches of tragedy after falling 10ft from a first floor window on to a patio – only to land on a seat cushion.

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Leonté Ward suffered a fractured skull in the fall from his home in Ripon Way on Sunday morning after he clambered on to a bed next to the open window and fell out.

But rather than hit the concrete beneath him, the toddler, who is 23 months old, hit the padded seat of a dining chair, not more than a foot square.

He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds where he was given CT scans and kept in for observation overnight.

But on Monday he was back home and making a recovery.

Katy Ward, Leonté’s mother, said the incident happened “in the blink of an eye”.

“My eldest child had a sleepover the night before and had opened the window because it was a bit hot and stuffy in his room.

“Leonté was in bed with me and my partner having his milk and then he got up to go to his brother’s room.

“A few seconds later we heard my six-year-old screaming, sprinted in there and saw the window open.

“We ran downstairs and he was just lying there,” she said.

Ms Ward immediately called 999, with an ambulance and rapid response doctor arriving minutes later.

Dr Andy Mason, from Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, arrived on scene and treated Leonté before he was taken to hospital.

Doctors were initially concerned that he may have to be taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge should his condition worsen. But scans revealed a hairline fracture to his forehead and no further serious injuries.

Ms Ward described the incident as “horrifying”.

“I was devastated. I can’t stand him even being ill and in that situation you just think the worst.

“I just thank God that he hit the cushion and not the concrete because I don’t know what would have happened to him,” she said.

A police investigation of the scene was carried out after Leonté’s fall.

Officers found there to be no criminal culpability and handed the case on to children’s services for assessment.

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