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Mum Catherine Miller tells of shock as baby Louis-James falls from bedroom window in Kemsley

12 February 2014
by Hayley Robinson

A toddler cheated death after falling 12ft from his bedroom window as his mother looked helplessly on.

Louis-James was rushed by land ambulance to London’s King’s College Hospital after he fell from his bedroom.

Miraculously, the two-year-old only suffered a bruise to his hip and another on his shoulder.

Louis-James Harvey survived the fall out of the bedroom window

Louis-James Harvey survived the fall out of the bedroom window

Mum Catherine Miller believes “someone was looking out for him” after the incident happened at the family home in Miller Close, Kemsley.

The 27-year-old was sitting in the lounge with her partner, Robert Harvey, 25, while their son played upstairs with his 10-year-old sister Kiera and his half sister Kacey, six.

She said: “We saw Louis fall past the window. I just froze and my partner screamed and ran outside and picked him up.

“He brought him in and laid him on the settee and we called for an ambulance.

“He didn’t breathe for about a minute, I think it winded him, but as soon as he took his first breath he started crying.

Catherine Miller shows the depth of Louis-James's fall

Catherine Miller shows the depth of Louis-James's fall

“Although he landed on his feet I was worried something was wrong on the inside.
“When we got to the hospital they did a chest x-ray and gave him some pain relief.

They also did a scan on his stomach and checked his legs but there was nothing at all.

He came home two days later.

“He was extremely lucky. Someone was looking out for him that day.”

Louis-James Harvey and mum Catherine

Louis-James Harvey and mum Catherine

The window had been left slightly ajar by Miss Miller after she finished cleaning the youngster’s bedroom an hour before the accident.

It’s believed he stood on a toy house and forced it open further because a safety catch was broken.

“We saw Louis fall past the window. I just froze and my partner screamed and ran outside and picked him up" - Catherine Miller

Unfortunately, it hadn’t been reported to AmicusHorizon, which owns the property.

“Nobody can blame themselves more than me,” she said.

“I know it was my fault. I’m just grateful he’s all right. It could have been so much worse.”

The accident happened at around 1pm on February 2. The fault was reported on February 3 and repaired by the housing association on February 4.

 


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