WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – A 4-year-old boy fell from a window of a duplex in Portland’s Bethany neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
The child fell from the second-story window head first near Northwest Springville Road and Northwest 160th Avenue, the Washington County Sheriff's Office says.
Firefighters say they arrived on the scene just before 5 p.m. to find the boy had landed on a concrete patio.
A neighbor says he watched the entire event unfold and was the first one at that child’s side.
"I could just see his body go, nothing for him to grab, just seen his body flip pretty much all the way to the ground,"Rashad Fields says.
"I’m praying and hoping that he’s ok," he adds.
Fields said he cradled the boy keeping him alive.
"He was conscious he was crying" he said.
Deputies say the 4-year-old pushed the screen out of the window.
The child’s condition was not immediately clear. Authorities said a LifeFlight helicopter landed in a field near Springville Elementary School.
He was transported to a Portland area hospital for further evaluation. The extent and seriousness of his injuries is unknown at this time, according to crews.
"I’m having flashes in my head of him still falling I can see it," Fields says.
FOX 12 also wants to relay some important information from the “Campaign to Prevent Child Window Falls.”
Their first suggestion is to teach kids that screens keep bugs out, not kids in.
They also say parents should limit window openings to less than four inches by installing a window stop, that can also be easily removed by an adult in an emergency.
Window safety products that limit window openings to four inches or less may not be available at all stores.
BREAKING: @WCSOOregon says a four-year-old fell out of the second-story window in a Bethany home after pushing the screen out. The child has been Life Flighted but we do not know their status. Here’s the neighbor, a dad himself, who saw the entire event unfold. @fox12oregon pic.twitter.com/snxtSAlL6w— Brenna Kelly (@BrennaKellyNews) April 17, 2019
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