Mum 'warned landlord' about fireplace that left girl, 6, fighting for life

Mum 'warned landlord' about fireplace that left girl, 6, fighting for life

9/18/2021 12:00:00 PM

Mum 'warned landlord' about fireplace that left girl, 6, fighting for life

Alexa-Leigh Blakemore, six, is in a medically induced coma after suffering head injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain when a fireplacein her family's living room fell on her earlier this month

Alexa-Leigh Blakemore, six, is in a medically induced coma after suffering head injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain after a fireplace fell on her on September 10.The schoolgirl is still at Alder Hey Children's Hospital and could be there for months, LiverpoolECHO reports.

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Dad Keiran Blakemore, and mum Elle Williams, said they raised concerns about the crumbling plaster around the fireplace to their landlord - who has not been named. A spokesman for Liverpool Council said it has been reported to the authority's Private Sector Housing team for further investigation.

Elle said her daughter was still in a serious condition but the initial stages of her recovery had gone as "well as could be expected".Handyman Keiran told the ECHO: "I was lying on the couch feeding our five-week-old baby and her mum was in the bath.

"Alexa-Leigh was doing her thing like she normally does, running around and playing like the happy little girl she is. I was concentrating on feeding my baby but I could see her out of the corner of my eye."All of the sudden there was a crash and this thing had fallen on her and there was a lot of blood.

"This fireplace is like a concrete and marble thing and to move it I would have to walk it across the floor, but when it happened I have never lifted anything so quick, I moved it like it was a piece of paper."Within 10 seconds I was shouting in the street for help, and the ambulance came within two and a half minutes."

Alexa-Leigh, a pupil at Monksdown Primary School, sustained a fractured skull, a fractured eye socket, a fractured wrist, and most seriously bruising on the brain.Keiran said doctors at the children's hospital said the force of the blow would have "knocked out a bull".

He says surgeons have already drained fluid from her brain in a bid to reduce pressure she remains in a medically induced coma.He said: "We can go into the ward and sit by her as much as we want but it is horrible seeing her like that, with tubes going into her.

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"It is really upsetting, we just need the city of Liverpool to be behind her."Family friend Katelin Shaw started a GoFundMe to raise money to help the family move to safe accommodation when Alexa-Leigh leaves the hospital and to help with any medical costs.

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