Toddler falls from window in Maple Ridge

He is the second child to tumble through a screened window in Metro Vancouver in as many days and the fifth so far this summer

Paramedics wheel the three-old-boy to helicopter

Paramedics wheel the three-old-boy to helicopter

A three-old-boy was airlifted to hospital Thursday afternoon after toppling out of a second-storey window in Maple Ridge.

The toddler was playing in his house on Cottonwood Drive near 116th Avenue when he pushed through a screen around 2:15 p.m., falling on to the pavement below.

His fall was broken by a plastic playhouse, said fire chief Peter Grootendorst.

Grootendorst added the child had no serious visible wounds but was in obvious pain.

An air ambulance was called in to transport him to hospital so he could be checked for internal injuries.

The boy was conscious and holding a teddy bear when he was loaded onto the helicopter, which landed at Thomas Haney secondary.

He is the second child to tumble through a screened window in Metro Vancouver since Wednesday and the fifth so far this summer.

On Wednesday, a two-year-old boy fell from third-storey window of a townhouse in Surrey.

In early June, a two-year-old New Westminster girl died of injuries sustained in a similar fall.

“This is a reminder for all parents to be vigilant when children are playing near open windows,” said Ridge Meadows RCMP Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.

“Even though the opening had a window screen in place, this may not be enough to stop a small child from going through.”