Girl, six, fighting for her life after getting crushed under falling concrete fireplace

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Alexa-Leigh Blakemore, 6, is suffering from a fractured skull and bleeding from the brain after the huge fireplace collapsed onto her. She remains in a critical but stable condition at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after the horrific incident. Such was the brutal force of the marble and concrete, doctors told her father Keiran Blakemore, it would’ve “knocked out a bull”.

Her mother, Elle Williams and father told the Liverpool Echo their daughter’s condition is “touch and go”.

It is thought the fireplace fell due to crumbling plaster on September 10.

Her father also revealed doctors have drained fluid from her brain to reduce the pressure.

Alexa-Leigh still remains in a medically induced coma.

Her father added: “I was lying on the couch feeding our five-week-old baby and her mum was in the bath.

“Alexa-Leigh was doing her thing like she normally does, running around and playing like the happy little girl she is.

“I was concentrating on feeding my baby but I could see her out of the corner of my eye.

“All of the sudden there was a crash and this thing had fallen on her and there was a lot of blood.

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“This fireplace is like a concrete and marble thing and to move it I would have to walk it across the floor, but when it happened I have never lifted anything so quick, I moved it like it was a piece of paper.

“Within 10 seconds I was shouting in the street for help, and the ambulance came within two and a half minutes.

“We can go into the ward and sit by her as much as we want but it is horrible seeing her like that, with tubes going into her.

“It is really upsetting, we just need the city of Liverpool to be behind her.”


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The six-year-old also sustained a fractured eye socket and a fractured wrist.

Friend of the family, Katelin Shaw, has started a Gofundme page.

She aims to raise enough funds to help the family move to different accommodation.

The money will also be used to cover any medical costs.

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She wrote on the page: “Alexa who is only six years of age and such a bubbly, happy, loving child, unfortunately, had a horrible accident, a fireplace fell on top of her which had not long become loose from the wall within a split second Alexa was under it.

“When Alexa wakes up I say when because I know she can fight this, she might not be the same little girl she was even though she will always be the same Alexa to us, her life could have changed forever.

“The next several months/year is going to be a struggle for her, and her mum Elle, her dad Kieran and two little sisters Gracie and Luna.

“Please can everyone donate or even share this.

“Every penny/pound counts and this family are going to need everything they can get as from now on.

“They will have to face medical things to pay and even if the money goes on making sure Alexa gets everything she wants

“They deserve this more than anything and I want to help as much as possible.”

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