Girl survives after sleepwalking off roof

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 November, 1999, 12:00am

A 16-year-old girl escaped serious injury yesterday after sleepwalking on to the roof of her building, climbing a metre-high fence and falling three storeys.

Wong Yin-yin had disappeared from the bottom bunk of a bed in her parents' second-floor flat in Sunlight Garden, Tat Wan Road, Tai Po, when her 11-year-old brother awoke at about 6am.

He told his parents and they started to look for her. They found the main door locked from the inside, so they went up to the roof.

'When we looked down from the roof, we saw her lying on the ground but still conscious,' her mother said.

Yin-yin told her mother: 'I can't remember what happened to me. I just woke up and found myself lying on the floor outside the house.' She said she did not know how she had reached the roof and fallen.

The Form Four student broke her right leg and suffered head and facial injuries.

'She was unable to move because of her leg injuries. She shouted for help but no one heard and then she fainted,' her mother said.

'I think she was out for more than an hour before she regained consciousness.' Yin-yin was in stable condition in the Prince of Wales Hospital last night. Her 42-year-old father said it was a miracle she had not been seriously injured.

Two years ago the girl was found walking around the living room of her home at night and the next morning did not know what had happened.

Her mother said her doctor had said the girl was tired and needed more rest. The parents will now padlock the roof door.