Boy, 2, doing 'amazingly well' after 'freak' roof fall

Everett Bovingdon sits on a rock with his sister Madeleine in this photo taken before the accident....

Everett Bovingdon sits on a rock with his sister Madeleine in this photo taken before the accident. (SUPPLIED)

Denis Langlois, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

OWEN SOUND, Ont. — Everett Bovingdon, the toddler who fell from a rooftop downtown Saturday morning, is doing “amazingly well” in hospital, his father said Wednesday.

“He’s being like a normal two-year-old,” Tom Bovingdon said in a telephone interview from Victoria Hospital in London, Ont. “We are very, very lucky.”

Everett fractured his jaw in three places and lost a few teeth after falling more than six metres to the sidewalk below.

He’s scheduled to undergo jaw surgery Friday and could be home early next week.

“He had a good sleep last night and he’s just on some Tylenol for pain,” his father said.

He’s also on intravenous therapy until he can eat.

Everett was airlifted south to London after the fall.

Tom Bovingdon said it happened after he left Gallery de Boer with Everett and his seven-year-old daughter Madeleine.

The trio visited the gallery to drop off some artwork so it could be stored there while their home is undergoing renovations.

Bovingdon had parked at the back of the building because of a Buskerfest road closure. They used the back entrance of the second-storey gallery, which is accessible by a fire escape.

After dropping off the art, the trio started walked across the roof and toward the back fire escape.

Bovingdon said he turned his head back towards the gallery for a moment as the owner called out to him. An air conditioner was on, so he strained to hear.

When he turned back, Everett was falling from the building. The young boy had also been looking backwards.

“It was a freak accident,” Bovingdon said.

He said the accident was traumatizing, but seeing his son doing so well is helping.

“It’s something I will have to work through,” he said.


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