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Toddler dies after falling from fifth floor in Madrid
ThinkSpain , Monday, April 23, 2012

A two-year-old girl, who fell from a fifth floor window in the Sanchinarro district of Madrid at lunchtime on Monday, has died today.

Yesterday, the hospital declined to give any details about the injuries the little girl suffered, or about the severity of her condition.

Relatives of the little girl, who would have turned three in October, confirmed that she had undergone emergency surgery to have her spleen removed and was on a life support machine in the intensive care unit at the Niño Jesús hospital in Madrid .

The incident occurred shortly before 1pm at No. 1 Cardinal Tavera Street in the district of Sanchinarro.

Police are investigating the circumstances that led up to the child falling through the window of a fifth floor apartment and ending up unconscious on the pavement below.

The first hypothesis suggests the childminder, who was with her at the time, took her eyes off her for a moment, during which time she was able to climb up to the window and fall out.

Paramedics on the scene shortly after the accident found that the girl had multiple injuries and, after intubating her, rushed her to hospital in a mobile intensive care ambulance.  She was admitted in a critical condition.

The girl's father and the childminder both had to be trated by psychologists with the emergency services, after suffering anxiety attacks.

The girl's mother, who was on business in A Coruña this morning, took a flight back to Madrid as soon as she got the news, said a relative.

The couple also have a five-year-old daughter, who was at school when the accident occurred.

The facade of the building from which the toddler fell has clothes lines or other items that might have softened the blow, apart from a small brick porch above the main entrance.

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