Police are investigating after a six-month-old girl was left with a deformed head and had seizures when two full shampoo bottles hit her after falling from a high-rise block.
Images released by the girl’s family show her deformed head after doctors diagnosed her with broken parietal bones.
When babies are born, their skulls are soft, allowing them to pass through the birth canal.
It can take 9-18 months for a baby’s skull to fully form, making them particularly prone to blows or knocks that can cause serious injury.
The baby and her mother, Ms. Lin, were out walking when the accident occurred outside the Wanghaihui Jingyuan residential area in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, southern China on May 11.
The bottles of shampoo dropped down the side of the residential building, hit the girl on the head and knocked her unconscious, her father said, Mr. Gao.
Mr. Gao added, “Two bottles of shampoo, 750 ml each and full, hit my baby.
“She immediately lost consciousness and started to grab.”
Witnesses helped Ms. Lin to call an ambulance, who took her and her child to Shenzhen Children’s Hospital.
Yesterday, the facility said the girl was found to have bleeding in her brain, but her condition is stable. Doctors also noted temporary loss of consciousness, difficulty concentrating and other concussion-like symptoms.
Pediatric neurosurgeon Liao Chuanpeng said they watched the baby for further symptoms.
He said, “The concern is that she can develop epilepsy, which is long-term life-threatening for the child.”
Her father, Mr. Gao, said, “I am most concerned that our child will not survive this early stage.
Even after that, there’s a chance she’ll be repossessed for the next three to four months.
“And we don’t know what kind of brain damage she has sustained and how it will affect her development.”
Police in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District, where the incident occurred, said they were investigating the incident but had not identified a culprit yet.
The gated community in question as 170 households, while the high-rise from which the shampoo bottles are likely to fall has 20 floors, reports said.
None of the residents at the time of writing admitted to owning the shampoo bottles, authorities said.
According to reports from a local lawyer, any resident of the tower building could be ordered to reimburse the family as a group should no household come forward.