A teenager is reportedly fighting for his life after falling around nine metres (29ft) from the balcony of an apartment on the Gold Coast in Australia.
The 16-year-old boy fell backwards off the railing he was sitting on at a property on Orchid Avenue on Thursday.
After the boy’s fall, his friends thought it best to move the boy back to the apartment before an ambulance was called 45 minutes later.
It was later revealed the actual call was made by a neighbour.
Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to the apartment just before 12.45am.
Speaking to broadcaster 7NEWS, Queensland Ambulance Service officer Justin Payne said: "Unfortunately, what we determined when we arrived on the scene was that the patient had been moved by his friends back upstairs into the apartment block."
Payne also revealed a third-party had made the call to the ambulance service.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the boy’s friends told paramedics they thought he was not severely unwell, and he was still conscious and talking following the fall.
According to 7NEWS, a female neighbour where the boy and his friends were staying called paramedics after hearing them outside her property and said they were "drunk and underage".
She said: "Once he fell, they dragged him up two flights of stairs and were trying to put him back to bed, hoping they wouldn’t get kicked out.
"I asked to see an adult. They said there are no adults here."
Payne added that had it not been for intervention then the boy’s situation could have been "quite dire".
"The patient had some internal injuries, as determined by the high acuity unit who performed an ultrasound,” said the paramedic.
Payne continued: “Unfortunately, from a paramedic’s view, the best course of action in that scenario would have been to leave the patient on scene and call us immediately.
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‘"The potential was the moving of that patient might have caused further injuries.
‘"The significant injuries are internal injuries and that’s what are being treated."
The boy is currently being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.
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