Miracle Baby: 1-Year-Old Survives Fall From 11-Story Apartment Building

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 14, 2014   |   6:57PM   |   Minneapolis, MN

A one-year-old toddler is being called a “miracle baby” after he survived an 11-story fall from the balcony of a Minneapolis apartment building.

Musa Dayib fell from the Riverside Plaza apartments on Sunday, The Star Tribune reported. His father, Guled Ahmed, was in the kitchen when his three-year-old daughter ran to him and said, “The baby fell.”

minneapolisAhmed went to the balcony and saw the 15-month-old boy lying on the ground more than 100 feet below, then ran down 11 stories of steps to get to him.

A security guard also ran to the toddler, who was crying. The boy fell into a patch of soft mulch, missing the sidewalk and a large steel electrical box by inches, according to The Star Tribune.

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“The baby was laying down, his feet were facing the wall,” he said.

The 1-year-old had tumbled through the 5.5-inch slits on the 11th floor balcony. A family friend, Abdirizak Bihi, said it all happened very quickly.

“Less than a minute, the dad went to the room and the daughter run after him, about less than a minute, tell him the baby fell down,” he said.

He said the child’s 3-year-old sister may have opened the door to the balcony. 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.

Dr. Tina Slusher is caring for the child at Hennepin County Medical Center. “He has fractured ribs. He has a fractured backbone, fractured arms, skull fractures, the whole bit,” she said.

But this veteran doctor is more amazed at what’s intact. “He does not have a serious head injury, which is amazing,” she said.