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7-year-old in critical condition after fall from 4th-floor balcony in Ashdod

Boy plummets from family’s home in southern city after moving company reportedly removed a glass barrier from terrace

Illustrative image: An ambulance arrives at the emergency room of Shaare Zedek Medical Center. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative image: An ambulance arrives at the emergency room of Shaare Zedek Medical Center. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A 7-year-old boy was critically injured Monday in a fall from a fourth-floor balcony in Ashdod.

Medics from the Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency organization treated him at the scene and rushed him to the city’s Assuta Hospital.

He suffered multi-system injuries in the fall from his family home’s balcony.

“When we arrived at the scene we saw a boy, unconscious, after he fell from a height of several meters,” an MDA paramedic said in a statement.

“We immediately administered advanced medical treatment in the field, including immobilizing him and giving medication. We put him in the intensive care ambulance and quickly evacuated him to the hospital in severe condition,” the medic said.

Police arrived on the scene to gather evidence into the circumstances that led to the boy’s fall.

An initial investigation indicated that a moving company had removed a glass barrier that was affixed underneath the porch’s railing, the Ynet news site reported. A photo from the scene showed the glass panel missing, leaving an opening between the porch floor and the open air.

Two members of the moving company were questioned by police on suspicion of negligence.

The boy’s parents had apparently hired the company to help them move to a new apartment.

The boy’s mother was in the apartment at the time of the fall, but the exact circumstances of the incident remain unclear.

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