Perth Family's Nightmare After Fall From Couch Leaves Toddler Deaf
A young Perth couple is desperately seeking help after their two-year-old son fell from a couch, leaving him partially deaf and with a fractured skull.
Kathleen Bowtett, 28, has urged parents to keep a close eye on their children as they play, following her son Theodore’s life-changing injury.
"Don’t be overprotective but be cautious and if you think something’s not right don’t be afraid to call an ambulance straight away," she told 10 daily.
Theodore was getting ready to watch his favourite TV shows last Monday when he slipped off the couch and hit his head.
Bowtett said the accident caught her off-guard because her son climbs on the couch every day.
"It wasn’t something we expected -- he let out a big scream and we knew something wasn’t right when blood started coming out his right ear," she said.
"I was scared and terrified."
Bowtett called an ambulance immediately, but when they got to the hospital in Midland they received bad news.
"The doctors found he had air in his brain and a fracture on his skull," she said.
Theodore was rushed to the critical care unit at Perth Children’s Hospital in Nedlands.
He was in hospital until Friday when doctors did a hearing test. It was then the family found out Theodore was partially deaf.
"They did a hearing test and found out Theo was partially deaf in one ear. The doctors blocked his ear canal and removed his eardrum," Bowtett said.
Theodore had an operation on Saturday, before returning home on Wednesday, one day before his second birthday.
He has a follow-up appointment next month and will have a cochlear implant put into his ear next year to help with hearing.
His family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with the impending medical costs.