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Child flown to hospital after falling into ventilation hole in Manchester

A 4-year-old was taken by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Wednesday after a fall of about 10 feet into a concrete hole covered by an unsecured storm grate, according to the Manchester Police Department.

Police said Wednesday evening the child was in stable condition.

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Members of the Manchester police and fire departments responded at 2:29 p.m. on April 8 to a call from Long View Nursing Home. They arrived to find the child was conscious and breathing but was trapped.

Fire department personnel extricated the child and medics provided treatment for his visible injuries until medevac arrived to transport the child and his mother to the hospital, Manchester Police Chief John Hess said in an email.

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Police determined that the child pulled on a unsecured storm grate that was covering a concrete-lined hole, which is about 10 feet deep, and fell in.

The family was visiting relatives at the nursing home and speaking from the outside through a window to maintain social distance, per coronavirus guidelines. Investigators believe the hole to be part of ventilation system for the lower level of the building, Hess said.

“The family is from the area, and we are praying for a speedy and full recovery,” Hess said.

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