Window guards donated after child's fall
by W. Winston Skinner
Jaxon Barclay is smiling these days – and milking his cast for all it’s worth.
The youngster, who fell from a second-story window at the family home on Calico Loop in Grantville, has a fracture in his femur but is doing well. His parents praised the emergency workers who raced to help him and got him to an Atlanta hospital within 40 minutes of his fall.
They also met Friday morning with representatives of Cardinal Gates, a Newnan business for more than 20 years. Craig Heiser, president, and Robin Stewart, who works in sales and marketing, drove to Grantville to install the company’s Window Warden guards – which limit the opening range to about 4 inches – on several windows.
Joshua and Traci Barclay moved to the home in Grantville in January to make more room for their family – which now includes five children. The children were playing in the upstairs girls’ room when two of the boys got too close to the window’s edge.
Jaxon, who will be 3 in July, fell about 13 feet to the concrete pad below. His brother, who also tried to grab the toddler, was able to hold to the window frame.
Siblings said Jaxon flipped as he fell from the window before landing on his legs.
Joshua Barclay remembered coming home the day his son fell. “When I got home, he was sitting on a screen – crying,” he said.
The Barclays praised emergency responders for their work, as well as the Grantville Police officers who blocked off the Calico Corners subdivision to allow emergency workers to take care of Jaxon and those who flew in to take him to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta–Egleston.
Chuck DeVane was the first emergency medical technician on the scene. “He is awesome,” Traci Barclay said.
“The flight crew was fabulous,” Joshua said. “It’s amazing what everyone did.”
Jaxon’s fracture is such that – if he were an adult – he would simply have been given instructions about avoiding putting undue weight on it and suggestions about how to minimize stress when walking. Because of his age and temperament, however, he now has a blue cast on much of his lower body.
“He’s way too active” to manage without the cast, his father said. Lots of signatures, including DeVane’s, are on the cast, which Jaxon will wear for 4-6 weeks.
Joshua said the family has always taken safety precautions – buying child gates and having a ladder in the upper floor rooms for an escape in the event of a fire. They never thought about the possibility of a child falling from the second floor.
“Nobody every thinks to get the window locks,” Joshua reflected.
He also remembered looking out the window from which his son fell after the accident. “It seems twice as far,” he said.
The kind of fracture Jaxon had is typical of people who have a leg jammed when striking a hard surface. Traci and Joshua are thankful he did not land on his head or chest.
“If he had landed any other way than the way he did, this would be an entirely different story,” Joshua said.
The Barclays had been looking for window guards when they were connected with Cardinal by Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan. The models they had seen did not have an easy way for an adult to disable the block in the event of a fire or other emergency.
The Window Warden has a release that is not easily worked by a child, but which and adult can use to disable the block in a second.
Cardinal has been making the Window Warden for “only about a year,” Heiser said. “It’s a pretty new product for us.”
Cardinal’s Window Warden can be found online, but they are not currently sold at major home improvement stores. “We need more window locks available to the public in larger retailers,” Joshua Barclay said. “We also need to talk to parents and children.”
Stewart and Heiser left a bag of Window Wardens – which usually retail for about $13 a pair – for the Barclays to share with neighbors. “Something like this is just a must,” Joshua said.
As for Jaxon, he loves to be held by his father and enjoys getting to stay up late and get ice cream as he convalesces.
The 2-year-old continues to be active as he heals.
“He wants to play football,” his father said. Traci Barclay smiled and added, “He said he’s ready to play for Georgia.