A distraught dad has described the moment that his little girl was crushed by a heavy concrete and marble fireplace that fell on her wheel she was playing at home.
Alexa-Leigh Blakemore, six, remains in a critical but stable condition at Alder Hey Children's Hospital after suffering serious head injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain.
Dad Keiran Blakemore, and mum Elle Williams say their daughter's condition is "touch and go" after the accident, which took place a little after 8pm on on Friday September 10.
The pair live in privately-rented accommodation in Liverpool. They, say they had been asking their landlord for repairs in the property and want to warn others to make sure heavy fireplaces are secure.
The fireplace is believed to have fallen as a result of crumbling plaster.
Handyman Keiran told the Liverpool Echo: "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," explained Keiran, "and to move it I would have to walk it across the floor. But when [the accident] 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."
Alexa-Leigh, a pupil at Monksdown Primary School, sustained a fractured skull, a fractured eye socket, a fractured wrist, and most seriously bruising on the brain.
Doctors at Alder Hey told Keiran that the force of the blow would have "knocked out a bull".
He added that says surgeons at Alder Hey have already drained fluid from Alexa-Leigh's brain in a bid to reduce pressure she remains in a medically induced coma.
He said: "We can go into the ward and sit by her as much as we want but it is horrible seeing her like that, with tubes going into her.
"It is really upsetting, we just need the city of Liverpool to be behind her."
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A friend of the family, Katelin Shaw, has started a Gofundme crowdfunding page aiming to raise money to help the family move to safe accommodation when Alexa-Leigh leaves hospital and to help with any medical costs.
She wrote on the page: "Alexa who is only six years of age and such a bubbly, happy, loving child unfortunately had a horrible accident, a fireplace fell on top of her which had not long become loose from the wall within a split second Alexa was under it…
"When Alexa wakes up (I say when because I know she can fight this) she might not be the same little girl she was even though she will always be the same Alexa to us.
"Her life could have changed forever the next several months/year and it is going to be a struggle for her, and her mum Elle, her dad Kieran and two little sisters Gracie and Luna.
"Please can everyone donate or even share this every penny/pound counts and this family are going to need everything they can get as from now on they will have to face medical things to pay and even if the money goes on making sure Alexa gets everything she wants they deserve this more than anything and I want to help as much as possible."
Anyone wishing to donate can do so here.
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