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Rachel Ward sleepwalks out her bedroom window and found herself 25 feet on the ground below unscatched

Updated on February 28, 2015
Rachel Ward sleepwalks out her bedroom window and fell 25 feet below near her car
Rachel Ward sleepwalks out her bedroom window and fell 25 feet below near her car

A teenager sleepwalks

  • Without her knowing, Rachel Ward, a teenager dropped down 25 feet on the ground below, after sleepwalking out the bedroom window from her 19thcentury home in West Sussex.
  • She landed very near her car.

Doctors found nothing wrong

  • Half-conscious, she screamed for help.
  • Alarmed, her parents rushed her to the hospital.
  • She got all the medical attention needed right at once.
  • Doctors had her undergo x-rays and CT scans.
  • They were stunned.
  • They found nothing wrong with the teenager.
  • She sustained nothing from the fall.
  • She broke not a single bone.
  • She felt nothing sore.
  • She emerged totally unscatched.

Rachel's mom was awakened by a voice in distress

  • To begin the story with, Rachel, tired from school exams that day and trying to save energy for her other subjects the following morning, went to sleep around 9:30 p.m.
  • By and by Rachel’s mother Sue Ward, who works as a flight attendant, was awakened from sleep by a voice calling her name.
  • She jumped from bed and looked out the window to look where the voice came from.
  • Mrs. Ward was stunned to see Rachel in a trance in a lying position
  • She landed head first into a narrow strip of grass near her car, it was reported.

Rachel recalls the incident

  • 18-year old and an A-level student, Rachel finally came to her senses and realized the drama that befell to her the day before.
  • The tragic incident happened at the first floor of her parent’s 19th century residence in West Sussex, which was built in the 1820’s by Thomas Broadwood, son of the piano maker John Broadwood.

Rachel's mom relates the incident

Her mother related the incident: “My husband and I carried her upstairs and she fell asleep again and that's when we knew we had to take her to hospital.”

Mrs Ward, 48, and husband Mike, 52, who manages a recruitment business, took Rachel to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

At the hospitals

  • Mrs Ward said: “The doctors carried out X-rays, CT scans and kept her in overnight but couldn't see anything wrong.
  • They were amazed and couldn't understand it.
  • She must have collapsed like a rag doll because she was still asleep.”

Rachel tries to recollects

  • Rachel, who has studied at the Italia Conti school of theatre arts, said she had never walked in her sleep before.
  • She said she don’t remember anything at all about getting out of bed or climbing out the window.
  • Rachel recalled having a cold feeling and her parents talking to her.
  • She likewise had a faint recollection about her mum talking that she be brought to the hospital.
  • Then she fell asleep in the car on the way to the hospital.
  • Rachel declared: “I'm completely fine apart from a minor backache. For my dance training I did five hours of technique every day so perhaps my strong legs and ankles helped protect me.”

An authority on sleepwalking says something

  • It is a fact that about 2 per cent of the population sleepwalk at some point in their lives.
  • The director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre Dr. Chris Idzikowski said sleepwalking out of a window was not a unique occurrence, but emerging unscathed as Rachel did was remarkable.
  • He added: 'Even those with no history of sleepwalking can experience an episode.
  • It can be brought on by a number of factors, stress is one of them.

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    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      brightforyou, thanks for your visit and for the inspiring comment as well.

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      Helen Lewis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting hub! Voted up.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Thank you, Just Ask Susan, for the visit and for leaving your sleepwalk experience.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pretty amazing. I used to sleepwalk as a child. I would leave the house apparently go out the front door then come back in. My Dad would have conversations with me that I would not remember having with him. Very interesting read thanks for sharing.


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