A TWO year old boy was saved from certain death by his seven year old sister on Friday. Somehow, little Gavin Kelly of Brandon Crescent, Graignamanagh managed to open the window in an upstairs bedroom of their two storey home after getting out of bed at around 8.15am. When his sister Rachel came in the door, she saw him, and displaying a great presence of mind and a maturity far beyond her years, walked over towards him to usher him down. As she did he stumbled and went head first out the window and towards the ground 20 feet below. She showed unbelievable speed and and fantastic reactions to catch him by the leg. Gavin, who is oblivious to the furore he caused, is two stone and six ounces and it took Rachel all of her strength just to hold on to him. At this stage she called her mother, Ann who ran into the room and screamed, triggering a huge reaction from husband Gavin (snr) and the rest of the family. Ann Kelly rushed to the window, which is normally locked, and the two of them hauled him in.
A moment later, Gavin (snr) came in and after checking Gavin, they sighed with relief.
“God game to our house on Friday morning,” is how Gavin (sir) described what happened. The Kellys are very security conscious and have locks on all the upstairs windows and only opened the window to let some fresh air in. They have gates on the stars with special locks used in articulated lorries such is the prowess of the twins in going where they shouldn’t. Since the incident, Gavin (snr) said he has hardly left Gavin (jnr) out of his sight.
“We are so happy to have him with us that we celebrated on the Friday night and went to Supermacs in Carlow,” he said. The seriousness of the situation didn’t hit the couple until Friday night and they realised they had just been through a near death experience.
Their reason for going public is to highlight the dangers with upstairs windows in County Council homes and the need for devices to be fitted on them that only allows them to be partially opened. “If it helps to save one life it would have been worth it,” Ann Kelly said.
Ann Kelly said that without Rachel’s intervention, she would have lost one of her two twin boys, the other being Gary. “I know that my mother, Jackie Kelly was looking down on us that day and protecting us,” Ann Kelly said.
Rachel said that she hadn’t time to think when it happened and that when she walked into the room he was he was standing at the open window. “When I walked over to him, he tripped and I grabbed his leg and held on until Mammy came,” she said. Rachel who is in first class at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál where she is taught Miss Farrell who she said was lovely
Since the incident, eldest sister, Becky (10) has not let Gavin jnr out of her sight.