Mattress saves toddler in Sydney balcony fall

A toddler who fell from a western Sydney balcony has been saved by a discarded mattress.

The 18-month-old girl clambered over a railing at a Merrylands flat and fell two metres onto the roof of a shed, yesterday.

She landed on the mattress, then rolled and fell another two metres to the ground, the NRMA CareFlight rescue helicopter service said in a statement.

Police, ambulance and CareFlight crew rushed to the flat near the intersection of Merrylands Road and Pitt Street, the statement said.

"The doctor teamed with ambulance officers to treat the girl for facial swelling and a cut lip," it said.

The girl was taken to Westmead Children's Hospital by ambulance for observation and was reported to be in a stable condition.



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