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.
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. headtopics.com
"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. headtopics.com
"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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