Mumbai: Child survives fall from 4th floor landing on tree before hitting ground

A little boy just over a year old miraculously survived after falling out from a sliding French window off his fourth-floor residence in Govandi on Thursday morning. Thankfully, Atharva Barkade, also called Shree’s fall was interrupted by a tree before slipping to the ground.

The incident occurred at Gopi Krishan building located on BS Devashi Road in Govandi (East) around 8.45am where Shree lives with his parents
Ajit and Jyoti Barkade; his grandparents; uncle and aunt; and a cousin sister.

Atharva’s grandmother, Mangal, had opened the window in the living room, which has no grille, to fetch clothes drying outside, but she did not realise that the window had not shut properly. The child ran up to the window, and fell out.

Ajit, the boy’s father immediately raised an alarm and the family rushed downstairs to find Atharva lying on the floor, next to the bent branch of a tree, but conscious. The tree had however minimised the impact of the fall. He has suffered injuries to his lip, foot and liver.

Fortis Hospital said in a statement, “The child is in the ICU. While his condition has improved from the time he was admitted with us, he’s suffered injuries to the liver which will need intensive treatment, including transfusion of blood products.”

The Barkades own a business of supplying fertilisers, manure and soil. “While our business is associated with providing fodder and soil for trees, we are thankful that it was a tree which saved the child,” Atharva’s aunt
Anjali told HT.