Fourth grader who fell 30-feet at State Capitol returns to hospital
POSTED: Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 3:29pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:33pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: The nine-year-old who fell 30 feet from the Capitol steps has taken a turn for the worse.
Andrew Illes fell last month while on a school field trip. In the past few days, he's gotten very sick, and had to be taken to Children's Hospital.
His mother, Katherine, says the road to recovery is even longer tonight. And she's still upset there was not any thing in place at the Capitol to protect her son from the fall.
Tonight, Governor Jindal is weighing in on the latest developments.
“I know that these parents just want their kids to be better,” he said. “I know they would do anything to trade places with their child like any parents would, so obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to this family for a speedy recovery
Little Andrew was airlifted earlier this week to Children's Hospital in New Orleans.
ORIGINAL STORY: (11-05-11) -- An elementary school field trip ended abruptly yesterday with a trip to the emergency room. That after a young boy fell nearly 30-feet from the steps of the State Capitol.
NBC33 News learned of the incident from a source close to the family of the 9-year-old boy. EMS confirms that the accident happened at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.
“EMS responded to the State Capitol to the fall of a minor who fell approximately 25 feet.,” Mike Chutz, EMS representative, explains. “The child was transported to a local emergency room for further treatment.”
The fourth grader was on a school field trip with Holy Ghost Catholic School in Hammond. Sources say some of the students were gathered at the top of the steps taking photographs. That’s when the young boy became disoriented and fell over the side of the steps. We’re told the impact was made worse by an unattended opening that led to the basement of the State Capitol.
The height of the fall could have been fatal. Fortunately, the child is expected to recover. However, we’re told he has sustained at least one or more broken bones and fractures. Today he remains in Baton Rouge at an area hospital recovering in a Pediatric Intensive Care unit.
This is the second time this year that Holy Ghost Catholic School has made headline news. On July 11, 2011, Rev. Edward E. Everitt, 70, was murdered while on vacation at the Dominican Retreat House in Waveland, MS.