CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

September 10, 1993

Fall from window leaves girl, 5, critically injured

A 5-year-old girl was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Children's Center yesterday evening after she fell 12 feet from a second-story window at her home in the 800 block of Johahn Drive in The Greens section of Westminster.

The girl, identified by neighbors as Donna Glowacki, received head injuries when she landed on a concrete stoop about 2 p.m. She is the daughter of Trudy and John Glowacki, a neighbor said.

Westminster fire company paramedics treated the girl at the scene and drove her in an ambulance to a state police MedEvac helicopter that had landed in a nearby swimming pool parking lot.

Paramedic Louis Kessler said the girl was drifting in and out of consciousness and crying that her head hurt.

He and other rescue workers immobilized the girl's head and neck, and gave her oxygen to aid her breathing and reduce the risk of swelling beneath her skull.

Deanna Utermahlen, who lives next door to the girl's family in the duplex, said she thought there was a screen on the window but that it apparently was knocked out as the girl fell.

"They don't take a lot of weight," Ms. Utermahlen said of the screens on the house. "My cat has fallen out."

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