Boy found hanging from garage door in 'freak accident'

A woman driving by this house on Pine Glen Rd. in Oakville spotted the boy

A woman driving by this house on Pine Glen Rd. in Oakville spotted the boy "in distress." (CHRIS DOUCETTE/QMI Agency)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:01 PM ET

OAKVILLE, Ont.— An innocent bicycle ride almost turned deadly for an eager nine-year-old when the garage door of his family's home snagged his hood, hoisted him into the air and nearly choked the life out of him.

Halton Regional Police say the boy remains in critical condition following Monday's terrifying ordeal in Oakville.

"It's just a really unfortunate, freak accident," Sgt. Chantal Corner said Tuesday. "It's one of those things that make us all go home and hug our kids a little tighter."

The sight of the boy's body dangling from the garage door will forever haunt neighbour Nadia Khan, she said.

Khan said the boy came to her house shortly after 7 p.m. Monday to ask her son Shazil, also nine, to come out and play. But her family was having dinner, so her son told his pal to go get his bike and he'd join him in 10 minutes.

Shazil went outside when he finished eating, but he returned home almost immediately looking distraught.

"My son said, '(He) is hanging from the garage,' " Khan said.

She momentarily thought the boys were playing a joke on her, but she knew by the look of panic on her son's face something was terribly wrong.

Khan looked outside and saw the boy hanging from the opened garage door — his feet about a metre off the ground — and immediately shouted for her husband.

"He was taking out his bike and somehow his jacket got caught on the door," Khan said, fighting back tears. "He was just hanging there. He choked, so he wasn't breathing."

By the time Khan's husband ran across the street, a passing motorist had also spotted the boy in distress and rushed to help.

The passerby alerted his parents, who were in their house, and they came out with a pair of scissors.

"My husband was holding him up and (the boy's mom) cut his jacket off," Khan said.

She said the boy's dad then began CPR, following a 911 operator's instructions, and the boy began vomiting.

Paramedics rushed him to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital before transferring him to Sick Kids in Toronto, where he remained Tuesday.

While it's not a criminal matter, police are probing the incident to determine what happened and how to prevent future accidents.

Corner said it's believe the youngster punched in the access code on an external keypad to open the garage, presumably to fetch his bicycle, then ducked under the door before it was completely open.

"The hoodie that he was wearing got caught up in some part of the external mechanism on the door and that's what pulled him up," she said.

"Most kids have probably done this a million times," Corner said. "We all do it, crouch under the door to try to get in there quicker."

Shazil made a get-well card for his little buddy.

"He's my son's best friend," Khan said, "so he's very upset."

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