A seven-year-old boy with Down's Syndrome had a lucky escape after falling three stories from his home and sustaining bone fractures in North Point yesterday.
The boy, Chan, was found outside the entrance of Fortuna Building on 38 Kam Ping Street at about 9am.
Police and ambulancemen arrived at the scene shortly after the boy's father reported the fall.
Chan was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, accompanied by a female relative. An initial examination found a broken left foot and right arm.
It was learned that he was being playful and climbed out the bathroom window before the fall happened.
Police classified the case as "person fell from height."
A witness, who works at a garage nearby, said he heard a loud bang around the time of the incident, and then saw the boy lying on the ground. The boy lives with his father and sister in a subdivided flat in the building.
He had also left home on his own on one occasion.
Erica Lee Siu-wai, service manager at the Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association, said extra precautions are needed when taking care of such children.
"People with Down Syndrome have a lower intelligence than that of people of thei same age," she said.
"We would like to remind parents that it can take up to 10 to 20 times to teach a child with Down Syndrome a single thing, such as home safety."