A five-year-old boy survived after falling several feet from the ledge of the departure level of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Wednesday.
Muhammad Alif Bin Azizan, a Malaysian national bound for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was with his relatives when he accidentally fell from a 12-foot ledge down to the arrival concourse at 8:22 a.m.
A medical report said a security guard found the boy on the floor crying and writhing in pain, with blood oozing from his lower and upper lips.
The boy also suffered “closed head injury” or swelling on the head because of the fall, and had abrasions on his forehead and chin.
According to Jess Martinez of the MIAA media affairs division, witnesses said Azizan was playing and was climbing on the low wall partition of the building without the knowledge of his relatives. His foot accidentally slipped and he plunged into the soft portion of the arrival concourse floor that was covered with a thick carpet.
His 66-year-old unidentified grandfather reportedly fainted after the incident, the report said.
The boy was immediately rushed to the MIAA ramp clinic for first aid and later transferred to the San Juan de Dios Hospital for further medical attention.