4-year-old falls from third-floor window | News
ROCK HILL, SC - A four-year old Rock Hill boy experienced the scare of a lifetime, after he fell nearly three stories out of an open window.
Four-year-old Tyler McDermott is being called a "miracle" after he survived a more than 30-foot fall from his bedroom window on Saturday afternoon. Even more amazing, he escaped the fall without any serious injuries.
When asked if the fall hurt, Tyler's answer is simple. "Nope."
Tyler's parents say the little boy was in his room with an open window, but the window screen was in the window.
Tyler's 6-year-old sister, Isabella, was in the room when Tyler fell.
She says Tyler was sitting on the window-seal and his back was pushing on the screen. That's when she says the screen popped out and Tyler fell backwards through the screen and fell three stories.
"Tyler fell out the window, he fell out the window," step-father, Jeremy Surratt said. "[I] looked down, three stories down. He was on the ground in a fetal position."
Surratt says police and emergency responders were quick to get to the fallen boy's side, arriving at the apartment within minutes of his fall.
"We've got a lot of great people in this community," Surratt said. "It really showed. It really showed. They knew exactly what to do."
Tyler was airlifted to the Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. His family believes a higher power was with Tyler when he fell.
"God was definitely there catching him," dad Jeremy Surratt said.
Surratt says the apartment windows didn't have any locks on them, so they plan to get child-proof locks for all of their windows.
Tyler's only injuries from the fall, his parents say, is a little soreness on his back.
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