Baby's 11-Story Fall From Apartment Balcony Ends in 'Miracle'

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 04:54 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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A 15-month-old boy survived an 11-story fall from a Minneapolis apartment, and doctors are calling him “the miracle baby.”

The boy, Musa Dayib, was in critical but stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center after falling 11 stories from his family’s apartment balcony and landing in mulch, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday.

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Severe injuries include fractures and a concussion.

Dr. Tina Slusher said that the mulchy landing spot and the boy’s young age (babies are more flexible and pliable than adults) contributed to his survival.

“Having said that, it’s a real gift from God that he made it because this is a huge fall,” she said, according to the paper.

Slusher said the boy should be out of the hospital in weeks or months.

The boy’s father had briefly walked into another room when the child fell through the balcony’s 5.5- to 6-inch-spaced railings.

“I was really happy to see the baby was at least crying,” Noar Furreh, who lives in the building, told WCCO-TV.

The family hopes to raise awareness about such falling risks, the boy’s uncle, Abdir Ahim Amed, told the TV station.

“Sometimes things happen, you know. My brother’s terrified. I don’t think he will be the same ever again, you know,” he said.

The building’s balcony meets state building codes, the station reported.

Community activist Abdirizak Bihi told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the boy’s parents are in shock and blaming themselves.

“I’m more concerned about his dad and his mother,’’ he said. “They’re devastated. They can’t even speak.”

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