Russian boy recovering after fall from building

13th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

AMIENS, France, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - A 12-year-old Russian boy has shown signs of pulling out of a coma after falling from an apartment in France while following his father, who was fleeing police, the hospital said Saturday.

AMIENS, France, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - A 12-year-old Russian boy has shown signs of pulling out of a coma after falling from an apartment in France while following his father, who was fleeing police, the hospital said Saturday.

"Forty-eight hours after the trauma, young Ivan's state of health has progressively and favorably evolved," the hospital in the northern city of Amiens, where the accident occurred, said in a statement.

He has recovered the ability to spontaneously open his eyes, a sign that he may be gradually pulling out of the coma, the hospital said.

However, the boy still required the assistance of a respiratory machine, it said.

The incident occurred Thursday, when police and an interpreter showed up at the home of the family, who were in France illegally after having had their asylum requests denied.

The father sought to flee by climbing down his neighbours' balconies and his son apparently followed behind him, but fell and landed in the building's interior courtyard.

An investigation has been opened into the accident, which has led to criticism of centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy's tough stance on immigration.

Meanwhile, French Immigration Minister Brice Hortefeux said Saturday that he had requested a six-month visa for the boy's parents so they could remain with their son.

AFP

Subject: French news

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