Fall boy in ‘lucky’ escape

Thomas Cater,five, had a lucky escape when he fell from the window of the house in Sothall, Sheffield, belonging to his grandparents. Pictured with grandmother Judith Plant
Thomas Cater,five, had a lucky escape when he fell from the window of the house in Sothall, Sheffield, belonging to his grandparents. Pictured with grandmother Judith Plant
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A FIVE-year-old boy escaped virtually unharmed after falling 13ft from a bedroom window in Sheffield.

Thomas Cater was sitting on the sill watching TV at grandmother Judith Plant’s home in Milburn Grove, Sothall, when he leaned back and plunged on to a concrete patio.

“He fell on his feet, then landed on his side,” said Judith. “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 can’t believe he’s not done more damage.”

Thomas was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital after neighbours gave first aid. He was kept overnight for observation.

Judith, aged 52, and husband Adrian, aged 57, were looking after Thomas for the day on Saturday and they were downstairs watching TV at around 5.45pm while the youngster was upstairs watching a cartoon.

“He was sat on the windowsill and the window was open a tiny little bit,” said Judith, a clinical support worker at the Northern General Hospital.

“Obviously he leaned back then fell backwards. He grabbed hold of the blind and lost his grip.”

She heard a “clatter and a bang.

“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.”

She added: “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 lives with mum Louise, Judith’s daughter, and his dad, Matt, in Cox Road, Wisewood.

Judith said: “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.”