Boy falls from hotel balcony

2011-12-26 22:07

Bloemfontein - A five-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after falling ten metres from a hotel balcony in the eastern Free State town of Clarens on Christmas afternoon, emergency services said on Sunday.

"The cause of the incident and the series of events leading up to it remain unclear and will form the subject of a South African Police Force investigation," said Netcare spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

"Common cause information suggests that the boy had plunged from the balcony [to the ground] below."

He is in a private hospital in Bethlehem.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2011-12-26 22:14

    Oh, no! It can only be at the Protea Hotel since that's the only building tall enough in Clarens.

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-27 22:29

      The parents probably left him up there while they went on a drink bender.

  • Rodney - 2011-12-26 22:52

    The hotel should be held accountable ! Balcony's should be childproof !!! we hear way to often of these tragedy's ,My sincere condolence to the family

      clivegoss - 2011-12-27 06:58

      Thank you Rodney, so the safety of a child becomes the responsibility of "others" not the parents ?

      Kim - 2011-12-27 07:03

      Rodney I agree with you. A child cannot be strapped to a parent 23/7 - children are human beings as well and they like to play and explore. What some people are suggesting is that children should not be allowed to play. All balconies should be child proofed especially places like hotels which are public places. I'm just wondering who does their safety checks!!

      Silvana - 2011-12-27 08:37

      @Rodney. The child's safety is the PARENTS' responsibility, no one elses. I have seen it time and time again, in shopping malls, fountains, restaurants, supermarkets, motor cars etc, where children run amok, climbing railings, balancing on the edge of water features, standing on the small "pocket" of trolleys, standing on the front seat of motor cars. They parents do and say......... NOTHING!! Parents just seem to be totally unvigilant when it comes to their childrens' safety. Anyway, I hope the little tyke recovers and that his parents have learnt a lesson.

      Kopraal SilverStar Mohloli - 2011-12-27 10:00

      The hotel didn't have sex, the parents did, if u can't look after ur kids then maybe u should consider contraceptives....sad part of this whole story is a young boy is fighting for his life in hospital and it was not his fault.....:(

  • lncanana - 2011-12-26 23:16

    this is sad

  • Allen - 2011-12-26 23:17

    The Protea Hotel in Clarens is a blot on the beautiful town - now this!! Our thoughts and prayers to the family and wishing your child a complete recovery.

  • Brian - 2011-12-27 00:18

    How often do we hear of unsupervised children {toddlers) drowing in swimming pools, or falling from hotel balconys. Surely hotels should have some policy were familes of very young children should be accomadated on ground floor only of hotels etc, or else in rooms with no balconys. How many more toddlers must die and get seriously injured falling from hotel balconys before hotels interduce some health and safety regulations regarding parents with children given rooms with balconys.

  • Sifiso - 2011-12-27 03:42

    Thank goodness the child survived! Hope she or he gets well soon.

  • Steenbra - 2011-12-27 04:20

    Oh how easy to blame the hotels... child proof balconies. Where were the parents! Acertain amount of responsibility rests with the hotel and the rest should be with the parents or parent..

  • rochelle.deruiter - 2011-12-27 07:18

    This is just unacceptable due to unfit parents!!!! neglecting they children!!! God please be with this little boy!!!!

      Garth - 2011-12-27 08:22

      I count myself fortunate that I did not grow up as your child `strapped' to you 24/7. How boring life would be without cuts and scrapes, bruises and contusions, broken bones and split scalps to harden one's self. Children will be children and they should be allowed to be such. What if the balcony is child-proofed? What if mummy & daddy were watching 24/7 but at that moment were distracted by the rest of the brood trying to out do each other in an effort to `kill themselves'. As kids we would go out of our ways to circumvent safety in an effort to emulate our comic book heroes, or just to be naughty. We were kids for chrissakes! All of you out there saying that you watch your children 24/7 should take a step back from your lies, reread them and then apologise and print the truth. Hope that you get better, little bugger . . .

      Garth - 2011-12-27 10:06

      margie - stop reading other people's posts with your thoughts in the place of their words. You do it all the time and it is irritating! Read the comment for what it is - then formulate a reply, then type it up and post. Sheeesh.

      Shoosh - 2011-12-27 13:10

      @Farouk another well thought out comment from the foul mouthed TROLL.

  • ednadp - 2011-12-27 08:13

    Where we're the parents??? Parents are responsible to look after their own children while on holiday!

  • coenie.koch - 2011-12-27 08:20

    Doesn't matter what comments are being made here. It is the responsibility of the parent/s to ensure that the area / building is child safe. If not, they should not allow the child to be without supervision. Right now this kid needs our prayers.

  • Janice - 2011-12-27 10:43

    Bet the parents were pissed!

      Steenbra - 2011-12-27 12:59

      And Farouk you know the parents.. your mouth is foul as per ur previous comments. Fact of the matter is the kid got hurt. Frankly speaking if you feel kids are a burden, then dont have them. If you cant accept responsibility for the needs of children then dont. And refrain from swearing.. Ur plain rude.

  • Andile Nokhetshe - 2011-12-27 11:00

    Child proofed balcony or not - parents should not loose sight of their children.

  • alice.pretorius - 2011-12-27 11:34

    It happened to Eric Clapton. Children simply cannot comprehend dangerous situations. Accidents do happen, as sad as it is. People tend to know a lot after the fact

  • Cherylin - 2011-12-27 12:08

    may the Angel of healing, Raphael- be with him in his fight.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-27 12:13

    When you enter a public property you do so at your own risk! If you cannot watch your child 24/7 you shouldnt be a parent! Stop passing the buck and trying to make someone else responsible. Hope the child makes a full recovery and the parents wake up!!!

  • Lynn - 2011-12-27 12:30

    To the parents of this child our thoughts are with you. My prayers go out to the child and I hope he recovers. To all the nasty judgmental people out there I say ACCIDENTS HAPPEN and if you have children you will know that they happen in the blink of an eye. Why must the first reaction to such an accident always be to crucify the parents. We were not there and do not know what transpired. Why must there always be this instant need to assign blame?

  • Wilma - 2011-12-27 13:28

    Accidents happen.

      John - 2011-12-27 19:27

      Accidents do not happen. They are the consequence of an unsafe or dangerous situation and human factors. Common sense in this case says balcony = risk of falling = potential serious consequence. How did the parents mitigate the dangerous situation, or did they contribute to the human factors?

  • sue.mannerswood - 2011-12-27 17:18

    Tragic accident - speedy recovery, little one

  • Howard - 2012-01-02 11:38

    I have recently returned from this Protea Hotel in Clarens, and was shocked at the completely unsafe design of the swimming pool, with the balustrade above a 10 m drop only being around 500mm above the water level of the pool. This is a grossly negligent design and this tragic incident will happen again unless the hotel changes the height of the balustrade.

      Alva - 2012-01-02 11:52

      Interesting point. But where were the parents?

  • Megan - 2012-01-02 11:54

    It isn't for the fracking hotel to ensure a child's safety, it is the sole responsibility of the PARENTS! It's HIGH TIME parents stopped passing that responsibility on to others! And if you can't be bothered ensuring you're childs safety there are plenty of clinics out there to help make sure you can NEVER have children. So tired of hearing how EVERYONE else must be blamed for a parents negligence!

  • Robyn - 2012-01-18 07:04

    It is quite sad how you all judge and assume the prent where ither drunk or not there. the child was in the pool playing with family, and due to the bad design of the pool railings, he fell over in a split second. he was surrounded by family. to those of you whom have more than one child you will understand how these things can happen so fast. there was no neglegence on behalf of the parents. all i can say, is thank goodness he has made an amazing recovery. dont judge so easily, as immediatly assume the worst.

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