September 16, 2021, 16:49

    Girl, 6, in coma after fireplace falls on her with force that would ‘knock out a bull’

    Girl, 6, in coma after fireplace falls on her with force that would ‘knock out a bull’

    A six-year-old girl has been put into a medically induced coma after a concrete and marble fireplace fell onto her head.

    Alexa-Leigh Blakemore suffered a fractured skull, fractured eye socket, broken wrist and a bleed to the brain after the incident at her home in Liverpool on Friday evening.

    She is currently unconscious in a critical but stable condition at Alder Hey Children's Hospital where her mum and dad Dad Keiran Blakemore, and Elle Williams say their daughter's condition is "touch and go".

    Her parents said doctors told them the force of the blow would have "knocked out a bull", the Liverpool Echo reports.

    The fireplace (pictured) fell on Alexa on Friday evening as her dad was feeding her baby sister


    Handyman Keiran told the Echo: "I was lying on the couch feeding our five week old baby and her mum was in the bath.

    "Alexa-Leigh was doing her thing like she normally does, running around and playing like the happy little girl she is. I was concentrating on feeding my baby but I could see her out of the corner of my eye.

    "All of the sudden there was a crash and this thing had fallen on her and there was a lot of blood.

    Alexa-Leigh Blakemore, six, with mum Elle, dad Keiran and little sister Luna-Rae


    "This fireplace is like a concrete and marble thing and to move it I would have to walk it across the floor, but when it happened I have never lifted anything so quick, I moved it like it was a piece of paper.

    "Within 10 seconds I was shouting in the street for help, and the ambulance came within two and a half minutes."

    Keiran said surgeons have already drained fluid from her brain in a bid to reduce pressure she remains in a medically induced coma.

    He said: "We can go into the ward and sit by her as much as we want but it is horrible seeing her like that, with tubes going into her.

    "It is really upsetting, we just need the city of Liverpool to be behind her."

    Alexa-Leigh Blakemore, six, with her little sisters Gracie-Mae and Luna-Raye at their home in Liverpool


    A friend of the family, Katelin Shaw, has started a Gofundme crowdfunding page aiming to raise money to help the family move to safe accommodation when Alexa-Leigh leaves hospital and to help with any medical costs.

    She wrote on the page: "Alexa who is only six years of age and such a bubbly, happy, loving child unfortunately had a horrible accident, a fireplace fell on top of her which had not long become loose from the wall within a split second Alexa was under it…

    Crowdfunding efforts are in in place to help the family

    Kieran Blakemore)

    "When Alexa wakes up (I say when because I know she can fight this) she might not be the same little girl she was even though she will always be the same Alexa to us, her life could have changed forever the next several months/year and it is going to be a struggle for her, and her mum Elle, her dad Kieran and two little sisters Gracie and Luna."

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