A FIVE-year-old boy had a miraculous escape when he was left uninjured after falling 13ft from a bedroom window.
Thomas Cater was sitting on the windowsill watching TV at grandmother Judith Plant’s home on Milburn Grove, Sothall, Sheffield, when he leant back and plunged from the first floor window, hitting the concrete patio.
Thomas was rushed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital by paramedics after neighbours gave first aid. But he was discharged a day later having suffered no injuries except a bruised tongue.
Judith, aged 52, told The Star her grandson was a very lucky little boy.
“I can’t believe he’s not done more damage.”
She and husband Adrian Plant, aged 57, were downstairs watching TV at around 5.45pm on Saturday, while Thomas was upstairs watching children’s cartoon Ben 10.
He was being looked after for the day by his grandparents. His mum is Louise Cater, 27, Judith’s daughter.
“He was sat on the windowsill and the window was open a tiny little bit.
“Obviously he leant back then fell backwards,” said Judith, a clinical support worker at the Northern General Hospital.
“He grabbed hold of the blind and lost his grip.”
She heard a ‘clatter and a bang’ as Thomas plummeted to the ground.
“I looked out of the kitchen window and saw him underneath. He was laid on the floor crying. Then I went running upstairs and the window was wide open.”
Judith said she was ‘panicking and upset’ and she screamed for Adrian to help.
“You think the worst. I screamed at my husband. He ran out before me and got there first. He lay over him and comforted him and tried to keep him warm.
“Two first aiders came from across the road then the paramedics arrived and the ambulance turned up.
“It was all a blur. They put him on a spinal board, it was very scary. I was just trying to keep him calm, he was crying a lot.”
Thomas is in the foundation stage at Wisewood Primary School and lives with Louise and dad Matt, on Cox Road, Wisewood.
Louise, who is on maternity leave from her job at HSBC, is due to give birth to her second child in five weeks.
Judith also has two sons, David and Mark, both in the forces, plus two grand-daughters. Adrian is an NVQ assessor for Morrison’s supermarket.
Thomas only needed to be kept in hospital overnight for observation and was discharged on Sunday afternoon.
“He fell on his feet, then landed on his side,” Judith said. “There were no bruises, nothing whatsoever. He’s a very lucky little boy not to have done more damage, he only bit his tongue.
“I’ve had to move all the furniture round in the room where it happened now, so he can’t get on the windowsill. It was the first time he’d ever touched the window.”