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Farmington boy home after fall from window

Farmington resident Ashton Horgen is back at home after falling from a second-floor window last week. He is the third Farmington child this summer hurt in a fall from a window.

After three days in the hospital following a 14-foot fall from a second story window June 11, 2-year-old Ashton Horgen has returned to his family's Farmington home.

His mother, Brooklyn Horgen, said her son spent two nights and met with several doctors at St. Paul Gillette Children's Hospital after he fell from a bedroom window in the family's home last week. He received only two minor head fractures, a jaw fracture and a swollen right eye in the fall.

"Without a doubt, it is by God's grace alone that my child is still alive today.... He is still all smiles and making an unbelievable speedy recovery," Brooklyn Horgen wrote in an email this week.

Initial reports from the accident were that the impact of the fall was broken by a lower overhang outside the home. Brooklyn said that was not the case, but that her son fell straight from the window to the concrete patio below.

A neighbor having coffee outside heard the boy's screams and came running to help. The woman also called her daughter, who is a nurse, over to help attend to the boy until emergency personnel arrived. Over the past week, the neighbors have helped the Horgen family several times by babysitting the other two children while Brooklyn and her husband, Andrew, were at the hospital with Ashton.

"All I can do is thank everyone for their kindness. My family, friends and neighbors have been so kind and supportive. I'll never be able to thank my neighbor enough for being so quick on the scene to help," Brooklyn Horgen wrote in her email.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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