A five-year-old boy has been left with a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain after falling out of the second floor window of his family home.
Stryker had been leaning on the window when the glass pushed out and he plummeted onto the concrete driveway below in the city of Joshua, in the US state of Texas, last Thursday.
In a heartfelt post on Facebook, his mother, Jessica McFadden, said in less than five minutes their world changed forever.
“When we moved into the house just two weeks ago our biggest worry was that Blake, our one-year-old, would fall down the stairs. We never could have imagined what would happen next. (It’s) a moment I would never wish anyone to go through.”
Ms McFadden said it was her partner, Austin, who found Stryker on the ground.
“When he reached the top of the stairs he saw (that) the window (had) swung open... and Blake leaning out.
“He stayed as calm as he could not to startle her and as he picked her up he saw Stryker laying on the concrete. He thought the worst and screamed my name.
“I ran up the stairs and my heart stopped. I saw the window swung open, rushed to the window and saw Stryker lying there motionless.”
After a desperate call to emergency services, paramedics arrived.
But while they were working to place Stryker on a stretcher, a neighbour warned that the broken window was about to fall on them.
Ms McFadden said her husband turned just in time to catch the window and lessen the impact of it shattering everywhere.
Stryker was airlifted to Cook Children’s Medical Centre in Fort Worth where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.
The boy’s skull was fractured all the way across his head and his brain was bleeding in two places.
But after five days of medical care and monitoring for any brain swelling, Stryker was discharged, with one doctor saying that when the little boy came in, he never expected him to handle his injuries in the way he has.
“We needed a miracle and God gave us a second chance with our son,” Ms McFadden said.
“We hope that when you find yourself in the middle of a storm you remember Stryker and know that nothing is impossible.”
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