The distraught parents of the five-year-old boy who died after tripping down concrete steps at school have spoken out, saying they want increased monitoring.
Sufiyaan Ahmad, known as Sufi, tripped on the concrete footsteps at his preschool about 4.30pm on September 6.
His mother has told Fairfax Media every morning when she wakes up, she still sees his face.
“It is evergreen. His smile every morning was so very precious and even now he is no more. I wake up each day and I can still see his gorgeous smile.”
“He was my lucky charm, my ray of sunshine. He was our bundle of joy.”
“There was nothing bad about Sufi, only goodness and kindness,” she said.
“He was just a beautiful little boy, very caring and always complimenting me. He was only five years old, but he was my best-friend. He was very close to his dad as well. Our hearts are broken.”
Hafsa Qaseem and her husband Shadan say they believe that Sufi’s head hit a pole when he fell.
“He had no medical conditions, he was a healthy boy,” Ms Qaseem said.
“He had no marks or scratches on his face.
“We dropped him off at school and he was fine, but he never came home that night.”
The family are calling for increased monitoring and security at child care centres, including a national roll-out of more stringent protocols when it comes to the safety of children and the installation of CCTV cameras in playground. They are also suggesting a buddy system to ensure no child ever wanders off on their own.
“But the loss we have experienced cannot be explained in words. It’s just a feeling that never fades.
“It must never happen again.”
Fatal Wodonga school fall: Sufi tripped, and never came home https://t.co/qX9XZjYR3a
— The Age (@theage) September 20, 2016
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We can’t stop thinking about this little boys mum and dad. Their lives have just been torn apart.
A five year old boy has died following a freak accident at a Wodonga primary school. It is believed the little boy was in after school care yesterday when he tripped and fell on stairs and died in hospital a short time later.
Paramedics treated the boy, before taking him to Albury Hospital – where he died soon after.
Principal Clint Eckhardt released a statement to the media on Wednesday morning saying his thoughts were all affected.
“I’m deeply saddened to confirm that we lost one of our youngest students yesterday in a tragic accident,” he said.
“This news has had a profound impact … and I know that our community will band together and support each other throughout this time.
“We have support available for anyone who needs it at school today and over the coming days.” The death was not being treated as suspicious and police will prepare a report for the coroner.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all involved.
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