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13 October 2018
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Expat parents ‘beyond devastated’ as son dies in Lagos window fall tragedy

in Algarve · 10-05-2018 14:34:00 · 0 Comments

An 18-month-old baby boy born to a British-Australian expat couple living in Portugal, died after plunging from a second-floor bedroom window last Saturday in the western Algarve city of Lagos.

Expat parents ‘beyond devastated’ as son dies in Lagos window fall tragedy

The tragedy unfurled on Saturday morning when the tot plunged from a second-floor window of his Lagos home.
The infant was rushed to Faro hospital in a serious condition, and sadly succumbed to his injuries later that night.
The tot’s parents, identified by the Daily Mail as Australian expat Holly Bishop, 28, and her British partner Robert Devlin, 32, were home at the time.
According to the Daily Mail, baby Spencer had been following his mother around the house while she did the cleaning; Portuguese media claim the couple was in another room sleeping at the time of the accident.
Some reports have also claimed the accident could have been related to the baby’s crib being close to the window.
Newspaper Correio da Manhã (CM) reported that “the cot was around 20 centimetres from the windowsill, a distance that the year-and-a-half old baby overcame to get to the window, which was open, and he fell out of it, from a height of around eight metres.”
Local firefighters and INEM paramedics were at the scene for over two hours trying to stabilise the baby before rushing him to Faro Hospital, where he was admitted to Paediatric Intensive Care with multiple fractures and injuries.
Speaking to the newspaper, a witness said “the mother came to the window and saw her son already on the ground, then came to the street and tried to get to the boy, but they wouldn’t let her.”
PJ police were also called to the Lagos apartment, but as there were no suspicions of any involvement on the parents’ behalf the case was handed over to the PSP police.
However, CM claims the couple could still be accused of negligence.
It is understood, CM elaborates, that the couple has lived in Portugal for several years, but had only been in that apartment for a short time.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by a family friend to help the couple raise funds for their son’s funeral (www.gofundme.com/ little-spencer-taken-way-to-soon).
“Yesterday was the worst day of Rob and Holly’s lives”, the intro reads, elaborating: “Yesterday morning their little baby boy Spencer had a tragic accident and was taken to Faro hospital in Portugal where they did all they could for him but unfortunately he just couldn’t fight any longer and last night their beautiful baby boy Spencer grew his little wings and left all of his family behind.
“They are beyond devastated and would like to let everyone know but at the moment would just like some time to come to terms with their loss and be around family”.
Any funds not used for the funeral will be donated to Faro Hospital’s paediatric unit where Spencer was treated.

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Edition 1496
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