How would you feel if another child got hurt at your house? OT
We had some friends over on Sunday afternoon for a BBQ. They've been to our house before, and we love this family. They have a 2.5 year old with Down Syndrome...he is a precious little boy and Brady likes him a lot!
Long story short...the little boy fell down on our deck out back and his foot slipped through the opening between the boards on the side rail of our deck. He started to walk over by the grill, and his parents were on the opposite side of the deck. They called out to him, asking him to stop and come back, but he didn't listen. Of course he didn't listen...he's 2.5 years old! I was sitting at the table and was closer to him than his parents were. I got nervous as they were telling him to come back and he didn't stop, so I got up from the table to physically get him, and that's when he slipped on the side of the deck where the rail was and his foot fell between the boards. I was more concerned with the fact he was close to the grill (when my husband had turned it off not long before this happened). Him falling didn't cross my mind...I was afraid of the heat from the grill!
Anyways....his right foot/ankle was bruised a little and he cried, but that was it. He seemed fine a few minutes later. This morning he was limping so his mom took him to urgent care. He has a hairline fracture in his ankle and needs a cast!
I feel SOOO bad for the little guy! I hate that this happened at our house. No child has ever been hurt at our house before. I know accidents happen and that's what the mom keeps telling me. She's trying to calm me down! I feel really bad about it and they are totally fine stating that accidents happen and they don't blame us at all. No one really goes over to the part of the deck where the grill is, and no one has ever gone in that corner and fallen between those rails before. Brady doesn't go over there, and we don't have people over often to be honest.
Guess we will try to rig up something in that corner by the grill in case another small child goes over there again. Brady is too big to fit over there and fall so it never crossed our minds that it could be a safety hazard.