Video: Miracle of Leeds boy, 3, in horror plunge

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A miracle toddler cheated death after falling up to 22ft from an attic window - while ‘trying to fly’.

Three-year-old Patrick Karpinski had gone upstairs to play with his older cousin, as his dad was sitting downstairs at their Leeds home.

Maciej Karpinski with son Patrick, three.

Maciej Karpinski with son Patrick, three.

It was then that Dad Maciej, who comes from Poland, saw something fly past the window.

Rushing outside too see his son he feared the worst.

He said: “I heard a loud thud and rushed outside to find my son lifeless on the pavement outside.

“It was a nightmare.

“My heart stopped and I thought he was dead.

“I saw him lying there not moving.

“We called an ambulance but then a friend took us straight to the hospital.”

Mr Karpinski who lives in the Harehills end terrace at Bayswater Grove with wife Marta, said doctors at Leeds General Infirmary told them their son was ‘lucky to be alive.’

“They said it was a miracle he survived such a fall onto a hard surface. They kept him in for four nights and after scans it seems he burst a blood vessel in his eye, has a cut on his head and a black eye, plus some bruises. He is fine but has to take it easy for four weeks.”

Initially in the hours after the accident and following a scan it was found Patrick had injuries to his liver, eye and had internal bleeding.

But now has been given a clean bill of health.

The boy told his parents that he was trying to fly: “We asked him about it and he said he was trying to fly out of the window.

“Obviously he now knows it is dangerous and won’t be climbing out anymore. The distance of more than seven metres is quite a drop, We just can’t believe he has such minor injuries.”

The child had climbed out of the top attic window, up two flights of stairs from their living room, on the evening of April 28 at around 7.50pm.

Today he is laughing and giggling as he recovers at home and plays with a new kitten.

He is aware of his poorly black eye and remembers what happens, saying he was trying to fly.

Dad Maciej continued: “He is our little miracle, we cannot believe he survived and are so thankful he has recovered so well.”

West Yorkshire Police are not treating the incident as suspicious saying it was a terrible accident.


The story attracted national attention at the time with visitors to the Yorkshire Evening Post website expressing huge concern for the well-being of the youngster.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Griffin, head of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “The boy had gone upstairs at his home to play and had somehow opened the window and fallen. This was a terrible accident which has resulted in a small child suffering serious injuries.”


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