Child Falls, Cruise Ship Turns Back: Toddler Seriously Injured From Balcony Fall

By Staff Reporter on December 22, 2012 7:26 PM EST

Monarch of the Seas
A 14-month-old child suffered serious injury after accidentally falling from the 11th to 10th floor of the Monarch of the Seas cruise ship. The vessel turned around to bring the child to an appropriate medical facility. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas cruise ship departed from central Florida's Port Canaveral on a beautiful cruise for the Bahamas when the ship was alerted that a 14-month old young toddler fell aboard the ship.

According to reports, the poor child from India fell on Friday from a 11th floor balcony to the 10th floor and suffered serious injuries. The ship's medical responders acted quickly to treat the child but realized that they required additional medical resources not readily available on the ship. Ultimately, the crew decided that it was best to turn the cruise ship around and head back to the Port Canaveral.

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According to Royal Caribbean's global corporate communications director Cynthia Martinez, "A 14 month old guest from India traveling on Monarch of the Seas was injured in a fall. The guest was initially treated in our medical facility, but required additional and urgent medical attention that could only be provided in a hospital."

As the ship docked, the child was prepared to be air-transported to the Arnold Palmer Hospital of Orlando, Florida.

Another Royal Caribbean official said: "Our Care Team is providing support and assistance to the guest's family. Our thoughts are with their family, and we will continue to do our very best to assist them."

Official information regarding the child's injuries as well as its current medical condition has not been released.

[Source: Click Orlando]

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