Mom Issues a Scary Warning to Parents After 11-Month-Old Falls From 2nd Story Window

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With the dog days of summer here and in full effect, it's not uncommon for people to open windows for fresh air. And while thoughts of a cooler room sound refreshing, those open windows could pose a serious danger to small kids. Mom Erin Cumiskey is warning parents about the importance of window safety after her 11-month-old fell out of a two-story window, resulting in a fractured skill and other injuries.

  • The Texas single mom says her baby daughter Madeline was at her babysitter's house when the accident occurred.

    With the window open and the screen in place, no one expected for this 11-month-old to fall through the second story window.

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    "When I got there, I just saw the screen on the driveway, and I knew that was where my baby fell," Cumiskey tells WFAA Channel 8 News.

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  • Madeline was transported on an air ambulance to Children's Medical Center Dallas, where doctors were forced to operate.

    Mom Erin reveals to WFAA Channel 8 that someone held her daughter's neck during the surgery for three hours so doctors could stabilize the 11-month-old.

  • Thankfully, Madeline is doing well, though WFAA Channel 8 reveals MORE children have been admitted to the hospital for similar injuries.

    "We don't see this [injuries from falling out of a window] during the winter," Lori Vinson, Children's Medical Center senior director of trauma services, tells WFAA Channel 8. "It's during the spring and summer months."

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    An estimated 15 to 20 children die each year from falling out of windows, with close to 15,000 suffering from injuries -- which makes this danger a hazard we can no longer overlook.

  • To help keep children safe -- and lower the risk of injury from falling out of a window -- here are some tips you can put into practice right now.

    WFAA Channel 8 reports parents and caregivers should try not to open windows if at all possible -- and if necessary to keep the opening to four inches or less. Moms and dads are also encouraged to move all furniture away from windows to prevent little ones from climbing and possibly falling. Window guards are also a great option for additional child safety.

  • As Erin notes, Madeline is "doing great," and that's a happy ending to a cautionary tale this mom hopes never becomes a reality for anyone else.

    "Helping somebody is the best thing you can hope for," Cumiskey tells WFAA Channel 8.

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