Girl, 6, in coma after concrete fireplace in rented property falls on her head

·Freelance Writer
·2 min read
Alexa-Leigh Blakemore suffered serious head injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. (Reach)
Alexa-Leigh Blakemore suffered serious head injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. (Reach)

A six-year-old girl who suffered a fractured skull when a concrete fireplace fell on her in her living room is in a serious but stable condition.

Alexa-Leigh Blakemore remains in a coma at Alder Hey Children's Hospital after suffering serious head injuries including the skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.

Dad Keiran Blakemore, and mum Elle Williams, of Norris Green, Merseyside, say their daughter's condition is "touch and go" after the accident that happened on 10 September, at around 8.10pm.

The pair, who rent from a private landlord, say they have been calling for repairs in the property and want to warn others to make sure heavy fireplaces are secure.

The fireplace is believed to have fallen due to crumbling plaster. (Reach)
The fireplace is believed to have fallen due to crumbling plaster. (Reach)

The fireplace, described as being made out of “concrete and marble”, is believed to have fallen due to crumbling plaster.

Handyman Mr Blakemore told the Liverpool 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 sustained a fractured skull, a fractured eye socket, a fractured wrist, and bruising on the brain.

Alexa-Leigh Blakemore sustained a fractured skull, a fractured eye socket, a fractured wrist, and bruising on the brain. (Reach)
Alexa-Leigh Blakemore sustained a fractured skull, a fractured eye socket, a fractured wrist, and bruising on the brain. (Reach)

Mr Blakemore said doctors at Alder Hey told him the force of the blow would have "knocked out a bull”.

Surgeons at Alder Hey have already drained fluid from Alexa-Leigh’s brain in a bid to reduce pressure and she remains in a medically induced coma.

A friend of the family, Katelin Shaw, has started a GoFundMe 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.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting