Monday, June 20, 2005

Toddler survives
4-story plunge

The boy suffers only a broken leg
in the fall at a Wahiawa condo

Luminada Natividad watched in horror Saturday as her nearly 2-year-old grandson fell through the window of their Wahiawa fourth-floor apartment.

Scott Henry Toilolo Jr. had been bouncing on a bed right next to the window when Natividad tried to stop him. But the joyful toddler pushed against the window screen, which gave way, and landed on the hard surface below. It all happened in a "click," the grandmother said.

Distraught and her puffy eyes full of tears, Natividad called it a miracle that her grandson survived the fall. "I thought he died already," she said.

"God was probably watching him. It was a miracle," said the toddler's mother, Marline Natividad.

The toddler was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious but stable condition. She said her son suffered a broken left leg and some minor cuts. She said he was placed in a body cast so his bones could heal and strengthen.

This is the second toddler on Oahu who has fallen from a fourth-floor unit in the past four months. On Feb. 20, 2-year-old Ashli Alcala-Romero fell through an aluminum railing at a Nuuanu residential apartment building and landed on concrete.

Alcala-Romero suffered lacerations to her kidneys and spleen, and bruises to her body. She was released from the hospital after five days and is now doing well but had experienced difficulty sleeping.

In Saturday's incident the toddler was at home in the five-story building with his grandmother while his mother and father were out to dinner.

Marline Natividad said she and the toddler's father, Scott Toilolo Sr., were driving around Kailua looking for a restaurant when he sensed something was wrong and that they should check on their children. The couple also have two other sons, Ashton, 1, and Deedraic, 2 weeks old.

Scott Henry Toilolo Jr., 2 next month, remains in stable condition at the Queen's Medical Center.

Shortly after his premonition, they received a call from a family friend about their son's fall and drove directly to Queen's. "We were scared," the toddler's mother said. "He's very active," she said of her son. "He's joyful. He gets everybody's attention."

She said her son was silent soon after the fall. A neighbor picked him off the ground, and the toddler started to cry hysterically when he was put inside the ambulance.

"He was alert, crying," said Lt. Steven Nishihara, of the Wahiawa Police Station. Nishihara said the fall appeared to be an accident.

Yesterday, Toilolo's grandfather wiped away tears while he stood outside the apartment building observing the distance between the window and the ground.

The toddler's mother said they will move the bed and other furniture away from the window. A new screen was installed by the landlord yesterday, she said.

"We're doing a thorough makeover in our house, making it kid-proof," she said.

Natividad said her son is expected to be released from the hospital shortly. He celebrates his second birthday on July 3.

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