On 6th April 2018, a young toddler left alone at home fell four storeys from a flat in Tampines.
Ms Jenica Julien Santelices, mother of the child, shared that her mother and daughter, Sachi Hailey Unique Cruz, arrived in Singapore from the Philippines on 1st April 2018 for a vacation.
On Friday night, the grandmother left the child alone at home and went to the market to buy food.
“The gate was closed and also the window,” Ms Santelices said.
After 20 minutes, the grandmother returned home and saw police officers at the foot of the block.
“She went up to our flat and looked for Sachi, but she was not in the apartment and the window was open,” said Ms Santelices.
“My mother went downstairs nervously to check what was happening and saw Sachi on the ground, together with the police and lots of people.”
Ms Santelices, 24, a customer service officer for a restaurant said that her daughter did not hurt her head, “miraculously”,
However, she fractured her spine and shoulder, and suffered internal bleeding in her lungs and liver.
Ms Santelices made a plea for financial aid, and said, “As of today, she’s fine, the internal bleeding stopped and we’re just waiting for the MRI this Friday to know if she needs an operation.
“The only problem is we are in need of financial (help) to support her medical expenses,” she said.
“It’s an accident. No one wants this to happen.”
A fund-raising page has been started on YouCaring.com to raise money for the girl’s medical expenses. It had since raised more than its targeted goal of $20,000. If you want to contribute, click here.
The Singapore Civil Defence Forces mentioned that it responded to an incident at Block 836 Tampines Street 82 at 9:15 pm that fateful day and took a four-year-old child to Changi General Hospital. She was later transferred to the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.