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Baby miraculously survives fall from 11th-story balcony

Baby Survives Fall From 11th Floor Balcony

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A young boy who survived an 11-story fall from a Minneapolis high-rise has been dubbed "the miracle baby" and was recovering in a hospital Wednesday.

Fifteen-month-old Musa Dayib suffered a broken spine and ribs as well as a concussion and a punctured lung. Musa's relatives believe he slipped through the railing of his family's apartment balcony Sunday evening.

The boy was in critical but stable condition Wednesday, Hennepin County Medical Center spokeswoman Christine Hill said.

Dr. Tina Slusher of the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit told the Star Tribune that Musa landed on a small patch of mulch.

"If you and I fell that far, we would be dead," Slusher said. "He's a kid. So they tend to be more flexible and pliable than you and I would be. Having said that, it's a real gift from God that he made it because this is a huge fall."

A group of Somali-Americans who live in the area quickly gathered as emergency workers treated the boy and an ambulance took him to the hospital, said community activist Abdirizak Bihi.

"When people found out he survived, no one could believe it," Bihi said.

Bihi said the child's mother was running errands while his father watched the boy and his 3-year-old sister. The father had gone briefly into another room when the boy fell, Bihi said.

In a statement released by hospital officials, the parents said they were thankful for the "continued prayers for Musa and his family at this time."

The owner of the apartment building met with community members to discuss measures to keep children safe.

At a tenants' meeting Tuesday night, Riverside Plaza owner George Sherman said maintenance staff will close off balcony doors for any tenant who asks, according to Minnesota Public Radio News.

"For residents who would like to have a mechanism to block their patio doors from being opened, we will provide that accommodation, (we) have in the past, and will continue to provide that at no charge for the residents," Sherman said.

Sherman said he's also checking to see what sort of permanent childproof locks are allowed under the fire code.

The balcony meets requirements under city building codes. The vertical rods under the railing are 5 1/2 inches apart, a larger space than today's building code requires, according to Minneapolis city building official Patrick Higgins. However, updates to the code are grandfathered in.

"If they chose to upgrade those rails, they would have had to have brought them to the new standard, which is 4 inches. But we don't proactively go in and say, `Code change, now you've got to change all your building systems.' If it was previously approved by the code, it's grandfathered until they choose to rebuild that area," Higgins said.

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sureshock May 14 2014 at 11:29 PM

Hail Satan

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fredntamiwyatt30 May 15 2014 at 7:00 AM

why cant people watch their children?

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Dee Cic May 15 2014 at 7:15 AM


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npolecity1 Dee Cic May 15 2014 at 7:49 AM

age of 4?..really..playpens were meant for babies..

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JOHNNY Dee Cic May 15 2014 at 8:22 AM

I have an idea. Just lock them in a 4x4 room untill they are 21. Twit !

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claudia3197 May 15 2014 at 7:42 AM

wow, there is truly some scum of the earth commenting here. Little sister opened the door and baby crawled out. I am quite sure dad feels the pangs of guilt harsher than any of your judgmental, cruel comments. As a mother. I watch my kids like a hawk 24/7. Accidents happen, and of course you never want your baby hurt. It makes me think the people throwing stones, don't really have kids at all.

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wittlief May 15 2014 at 8:31 AM

".... suffered a broken spine and ribs as well as a concussion and a punctured lung..."

"... it's a real gift from God that he made it ...."

you need to find a better god.
IF this is the best your god can do
THEN your god is either WiiTarded
or pure EVIL!

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reelanimals May 15 2014 at 8:40 AM

accidents happen. Whenb you have something like this you need to get screening or one inch chicken wire and attach it to the rails to prevent children and animals from slipping through. If you think they will jump over the rails then wire the top with fencing of some kind. PREVENTION before it happens

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amber.kmpowersports2 May 15 2014 at 8:46 AM

to the parents accidents happen all you can do is praise the lord that hes alive and will recover god has a purpose for that child .god will see this family through it as long as they keep their faith

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pkellycpa May 15 2014 at 8:57 AM

So the tenent can't pick up some latice and install it to prevent another incident?

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wlh1923 pkellycpa May 15 2014 at 9:22 AM

NO. That involves 1. physical effort; and 2. expense; and 3. personal initiative. Easier to complain, call community activists and have somebody else do the work.

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Chickiepoo pkellycpa May 15 2014 at 11:57 AM

A)....He may NOT "know" WHAT lattice is....
B)....Places like Lowes / Home Depot do NOT cut your product to YOUR specifications.
C)....IF he had to cut the lattice to FIT......that would have required him to possess a circular
saw OR jig saw....which is highly unlikely he would have.
D)....He MAY not have had enough $$ to buy these items AND PAY someone to install
them for him.
E)....NOT ALL men are "handy".....

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cburn7962 May 15 2014 at 9:00 AM

Is the child being placed under DFACS and taken in the care of someone who will watch him ???

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kimmer0310 May 15 2014 at 9:06 AM

I'm not understanding why a device has to be installed to prevent you from opening these doors. Just don't open them....use your brain. A child old enough to open them won't slip through.

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