A 6-year-old girl was left unable to walk, partially deaf, and blind in one eye after she was crushed by a heavy fireplace.
Alexa-Leigh was in the front room of their apartment in Norris Green, Liverpool, when the fireplace loosened and fell on top of her, leaving her with a fractured skull and bleeding brain, according to Liverpool Echo.
Her father, Keiran Blakemore, was feeding her baby sister when he suddenly heard Alexa-Leigh’s screams.
Alexa-Leigh was left with life-altering brain injuries after the horrific incident.
Speaking to the ECHO, Keiran said: “I was lying on the couch feeding our five-week-old baby and her mum was in the bath.
“Alexa-Leigh was doing her thing like she normally does, running around and playing like the happy little girl she is. I was concentrating on feeding my baby but I could see her out of the corner of my eye.
“All of the sudden there was a crash and this thing had fallen on her and there was a lot of blood.”
“This fireplace is like a concrete and marble thing and to move it I would have to walk it across the floor, but when it happened I have never lifted anything so quick, I moved it like it was a piece of paper.
“Within 10 seconds I was shouting in the street for help, and the ambulance came within two and a half minutes.”
Keiran and Elle Williams were initially unsure whether their daughter would make it.
The couple appeared on ITV News and explained that they had told the landlord about the fireplace weeks before it collapsed.
“I’m angry and I’m hurting- my daughter is now being robbed of her life, she had a completely normal life and she’ll never be normal again,” Elle told reporters.
“It was a freak accident but at the same time it could have been prevented. We think she was dancing around and fell and grabbed onto the fireplace. We never ever thought that would happen.”
Keiran also said: “I’m angry with the landlord because she knew it wasn’t safe, and I sent her the quote to get it done and it hasn’t been done.
“My daughter’s still in critical condition. She was a happy, normal little girl, who had a following on social media, and now I’ll never see her dance again.”
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