TW: mentions of child injury & death. A four-year-old Alabama boy has tragically died after he fell out of a wagon that is commonly used to transport children and patients at a children's hospital in Birmingham. The child was visiting the dental clinic at Children's of Alabama when the accident happened. It has been reported that wagons are commonly used as a means of transporting children and supplies at the hospital.
According to The Anniston Star, the Jefferson Country Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said he was told by hospital staff that 4-year-old Noa Vera was at the hospital's dental clinic on October 2 when he fell, suffering a severe head injury. The young boy was then transported to the hospital's emergency room before being admitted to the hospital for further treatment. On Thursday, October 10 at approximately 1 in the afternoon little Noa died from his injuries. It is believed the fall was accidental.
“We were saddened to hear about the recent death of Noah Vera. Federal Privacy laws prevent Children’s of Alabama from discussing details of a patient’s care. Children’s is committed to providing the safest possible environment for the patients and families in its care.”— #WVTM13 (@WVTM13) October 11, 2019
“We were saddened to hear about the recent death of Noah Vera," Children's of Alabama said in a statement. "Federal Privacy laws prevent Children’s of Alabama from discussing details of a patient’s care. Children’s is committed to providing the safest possible environment for the patients and families in its care.”
Jefferson County officials were investigating Friday after an Anniston child died the day before after a head injury at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. https://t.co/kzvMHiNQ90— The Anniston Star (@AnnistonStar) October 11, 2019
Birmingham police and child services are both investigating the incident at this time. The wagon in question are reportedly used quite often in children's hospitals like Children's of Alabama and other hospitals throughout the country. While there are no other details available at this time, Yates did say that an autopsy was to be performed last Friday.