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Mom urges parents to follow window safety protocol after accident changes son’s life forever

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Tina Ziwak says her son Jackson was just two years old when a fall from a window changed their family's life forever.

Tina says Jackson was at an at-home daycare in Colorado Springs when he fell out of the second-story window and landed on a concrete pad back in 2007.

He was airlifted to Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, where he had to get a portion of his skull removed after the fall caused a severe injury to Jackson's brain.

Tina says the window Jackson fell out of was only open 6 to 8 inches.

She's now urging parents to take window safety protocol safety, especially those with kids under five.

Experts at the Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs say your windows at home should never be open more than four inches, horizontally or vertically.

"Make sure windows that are not in use are locked and closed," says Amanda Abramcyk-Thill, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs. "Make sure furniture is not near windows. You can also have bushes or other shrubs outside your windows in case something unfortunate happens."

If your child is under the age of five, experts say installing window guards is a must.

Jackson was just two years old when his accident happened.

His mom hopes that sharing his story, even 13 years later, can still help save a child's life.

"It can happen to anyone at any time," says Tina Ziwak. "We've had to grieve the son we had, and we had to learn to love who he is now, and who he is going to be."

Jackson continues to undergo various therapies at the Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Tina says how far Jackson has come since his accident is nothing short of miraculous.

Colorado Springs / Local News

Mia Villanueva

Mia is a weekday reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Mia here.

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  1. “Make sure windows that are not in use are locked and closed,” says Amanda Abramcyk-Thill, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs. “Make sure furniture is not near windows. You can also have bushes or other shrubs outside your windows in case something unfortunate happens.”
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    Good advice, but things outside are generally not under the control of tenants in an apartment building.

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