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Boy, 4, Who Fell Out of Vista Window, in Critical Condition

“I want to thank the community for their support and prayers during this difficult time," the mother of the boy said in a statement

The mother of a 4-year-old boy who fell from a second story window in Vista is asking for the community to pray for her son as he fights for his life. 

Isaiah Ornelas is in critical condition at Rady Children's Hospital, according to Media Relations Officer Carlos Delgado. 

“I want to thank the community for their support and prayers during this difficult time. All I ask for is to spread the word and get as many prayers for little Isaiah as you can. He is a strong boy but we have a strong God," Isaiah's mother said in a statement.

The young boy was airlifted to the hospital Monday evening before 7 p.m. when he fell out of a second story window on the 900 block of Postal Way, near S Santa Fe Avenue. 

Similar incidents are increasingly common in the summer time, said Mary Beth Moran, program manager for injury prevention at Rady Children's Hospital. 

There's definitely a surge in the summer months, just because it's hot and there's not a great breeze going through and people tend to open their windows wider," Moran said.

The Hospital treated 34 children for injuries from falling out of windows. Twenty four of those children were under the age of four.

"It happens fairly frequently here, as you can imagine, it's almost a year long process here because we have such wonderful weather," Moran said.

First-time mother Jana Pilato says she is constantly having to watch her one-year-old son Max and can understand how quickly something can happen.

"Kids are so much smarter than we give them credit for, so it just goes back to being on top of our game literally every second of the day," she said.

Moran had several tips to keep kids safe:

  • Do not put your bed by a window, unless the window is properly secured. Children may jump on the bed and can easily jump out the window.
  • Do not rely on screens. Screens keep bugs out, but they are not strong enough to keep children inside. 

No other information was available.

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