Boy survives fall in mall

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CEBU CITY (Updated 4:11 p.m.) -- A six-year-old boy survived an accidental fall from the upper ground floor of a mall in this city Tuesday.

Police Inspector Vincent Zozobrado of Mabolo Police Station said Rhian Samuel Horca, 6, slammed into a glass barrier and fell into the lower ground floor near the stage of SM City Cebu's food court. His mother, who was carrying things, tried to run after the boy, but failed to catch him.

Zozobrado said they responded to the area after receiving a call around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The City's Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (Eruf) initially conducted first aid and forwarded the child to Cebu Doctor's University Hospital.

In a phone interview with Sun.Star website, Rhian's father, Raul, said his family and SM City Cebu have already reached an agreement on the child's hospital bills.

Raul said his son needs to undergo a surgery for his injured jaw. He said the operation fee could range from P100,000 to P150,000.

The father added that he has no plans on filing a case against the management.

SM City's public relations manager, in a text message, said: "SM is assisting the boy's family in ensuring that all necessary tests and examinations are conducted to assess the boy's condition after the fall." (Sunnex)

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