x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Boy, 9, who fell from UAE balcony comes out of coma

The nine-year-old was hurt after he fell from a third floor balcony, fracturing his skull.

AJMAN // A nine-year-old boy who suffered a fractured skull after falling from a third floor balcony is out of his week-long coma.

Dr Saleh Al Junaibi, the deputy director of Sheikh Khalifa Hospital in Ajman, said the Somali boy's condition was stable.

Dr Al Junaibi said he had been taken out of intensive care and was no long on a respirator.

"He is now conscious and aware of his surroundings, but still needs a lot of medical attention," he said.

Dr Al Junaibi said the boy was expected to stay at the hospital for several months and would need extensive rehabilitation treatment.

The youngster was injured as he tried to climb from a neighbour's balcony to his apartment in the Rumailah neighbourhood on Sunday, March 18.

He was being cared for by neighbours while his parents were at work and had been locked inside the flat while they went out.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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