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Kelowna toddler seriously hurt n early morning fall from balcony

A two-year-old Kelowna boy was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver on Tuesday morning after falling from a balcony.

According to Kelowna RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, emergency services were called to an apartment complex on the 100-block of Gerstmar Road at 7 a.m. with reports a child had fallen from the third floor and was seriously hurt.

Cpl. O’Donaghey said police learned that a neighbour was awoken by their dogs barking, then heard the boy screaming and went out to investigate. The apartment is well kept and all balconies have what appear to be a solid railing system.

“The two-year-old boy sustained serious bodily injuries as a result of the fall,” O’Donaghey said. “He was rushed to a local hospital by B.C. Emergency Health Services for a medical assessment and treatment. Police have been told that medical professionals determined that it would be necessary for the child to be airlifted to Vancouver for advanced care.”

The RCMP is investigating and have notified the Ministry of Child and Family Development, as per protocols, who are also now investigating the incident.

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