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Friday, July 23, 1999 Published at 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK


Sleepwalk child survives balcony fall

Rhodes: Boy had cruised the island before accident

A seven-year-old boy who fell from a second-floor balcony while sleepwalking survived the ordeal, and astounded doctors by returning to his feet two days later.

Adam Pool, from George Green near Slough, was on holiday with his family in Greece when he stepped off a balcony 35 feet from the ground.

Nicky Pool: "We ran to the balcony and looked over"
His mother Nicky Pool told the BBC she was awoken in the early hours of the morning by the child's crying. She ran to the balcony and looked down.

"There was his pitiful little body all crumpled up at the bottom," she said.

Relaxed state

Mrs Pool said her son had climbed onto a chair which was on the balcony and stepped off it in his sleep.

The Pools rushed Adam to hospital, where he was treated for slight internal bleeding and bruising.

Mrs Pool said doctors had told her Adam must have been asleep when he hit the ground because his body had been in a relaxed state.

Earlier that day, two weeks ago, Adam had been on a cruise around the Greek island of Rhodes.

He is unable to remember anything about the accident. But, when his mother asked him where he thought he was at the time, he said he thought he was still on the ship.

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