Minnesota child falls 11 stories and survives

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WCCO/CNN) — A toddler miraculously survives after falling off a balcony 11 stories high.

A family friend says the toddler slipped between the bars on the balcony railing.

From the outside, you can tell it’s a building where playful children live.

And the life of one of those kids is the talk of the neighborhood.

“The baby was laying down. His feet were facing the wall,” witness Noar Furreh said.

The 15-month-old had tumbled through the five-and-a-half-inch slits on the 11th floor balcony.

A family friend retells the story.

“Less than a minute. The dad went to the room, and the daughter run after him after less than a minute, tell him the baby fell down,” family friend Abdirizak Bihi said.

Neighbors rushed to the scene.

“I was really happy to see the baby was at least crying,” Furreh said.

Feet from the concrete, the child had landed on a thin patch of mulch.

“He has fractured ribs. He has fractured backbone, fractured arms, skull fractures: the whole bit,” Dr. Tina Slusher said.

But this veteran doctor is more amazed at what’s intact.

“He does not have a serious head injury, which is amazing,” Dr. Slusher said.

The toddler is now in a crib similar to this behind the doors of the HCMC ICU — critical yet stable.

“He definitely responds to us. He definitely moves everything,” Dr. Slusher said.

Dr. Slusher says she’s never seen a child beat a fall from a place so high, crediting something even higher.

“That’s a gift from God to the family, because he shouldn’t have made it,” Dr. Slusher said.

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