Boy improving after fall from 3rd-story window

Boy improving after fall from 3rd-story window

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by Justin Burton

kgw.com

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 30 at 11:55 AM

PORTLAND -- A young boy was rushed to a local hospital after falling from a third-story window in Southeast Portland on Tuesday.

James Chambers was listed in critical condition after being rushed to Oregon Health and Science University.

The four-year old fell from the window just before 12:30 p.m. His grandmother was watching him at the time and later showed KGW where he had climbed up on a bed and pushed out the window screen.

When firefighters arrived, they found the boy lying conscious between the sidewalk and the driveway.  He was crying, which paramedics said was a good sign, and he was taken to OHSU as a trauma patient, said Portland Fire Bureau spokesperson Paul Corah.

"I have never cried so much, these kids mean more to me than anyone in the world," James' grandmother Sarla Devi told KGW.

She said that she was in the bathroom for just a moment and it all happened so fast.

Their apartment is located near the intersection of SE 101st & Division Street.

Authorities have not said what kind of injuries little James suffered, only that he was in critical condition.

In Oregon alone, about 50 young children fall out of windows each year, according to state statistics.

Portland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Rich Stenhouse said this was a hard reminder of the dangers of open windows.

"Only allow windows to open four inches and make sure to install a window stop to keep children from opening them further," Stenhouse explained. "Remember, windows also serve as a secondary means of escape during an emergency. Make sure windows are still accessible and can open fully without special knowledge or tools."

People can purchase window safety products from the Safety Store at Randall's Children Hospital at Legacy Emanuel (501 N. Graham Street, Portland, Oregon 97227) and Portland Fire & Rescue's Historic Belmont Firehouse & Safety Learning Center (900 SE 35th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214).

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