Toddler injured in freak accident

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A TODDLER has undergone emergency surgery for bleeding on the brain after her skull was crushed in an accident at a home in Perth’s south.

Sophie Brown’s parents watched helplessly as a heavy metal gate snapped off its hinges and slammed her head into concrete at the family’s Gosnells rental on Monday.

“She’s tried to open up one side and (the gate) just snapped off the hinges and crushed her,” Sophie’s father Marc said.

Little Sophie, who will turn two on Wednesday, was rushed to Princess Margaret Hospital where she underwent a three-hour operation to remove part of her skull off her brain.

She has also suffered a small stroke since the surgery.

“I’ve basically got no more tears to cry,” Mr Brown said.

“It’s just shattering to see your daughter like that and not be able to help her.


media_cameraSophie Brown’s skull was crushed by a falling gate. Picture: Seven News.

“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

“It’s devastating, I’m heartbroken.”

Mr Brown said the devastated family do not want return to the Gosnells property as it’s a constant reminder of what happened to Sophie.

The concerned father has reached out to the Department of Commerce for help.

According to KidSafe, almost 20,000 WA children are treated at Princess Margaret Hospital each year for injuries.



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