Four-Year-Old Boy Survives 17th Floor Fall from Miami Hotel Balcony

From Miami

Palm tree fronds may have saved the life of a 4-year-old boy who on Friday morning fell from a 17th-floor balcony at the Doubletree Grand Hotel, Miami police said.

The boy, whose name was not released by authorities, somehow climbed over a covered balcony railing, bounced off a palm tree and safely landed on the “dirt surface” of an area surrounding the hotel’s 10th-floor pool, said Kenia Reyes, a Miami police spokeswoman.

“It’s a miracle — he doesn’t appear to have broken a bone,” said Reyes, who said the boy was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for observation.

Lt. Ignatius Carroll, a spokesman for Miami Fire Rescue, was equally astonished the boy had survived the fall, saying the boy may have fallen 70 to 80 feet. He said he’s seen people die from falls of 30 feet.

“It’s amazing that he’s alive,” Carroll said.

When paramedics arrived, the boy was crying and had difficulty speaking but physically appeared fine, according to Carroll.

“He looked to be in pretty good shape. He wasn’t all banged up like we expected,” Carroll said.

The boy was with his mother and two other adults at the time of the fall, said Reyes, who said authorities were called about 11 a.m.

Reyes said the fall appears to be an accident, though investigators are puzzled as to how the boy climbed the railing.

“It’s a secure building,” Reyes said.

I’m glad the child survived. Children can get into a lot of trouble really quickly.

3 Responses so far »

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    kcduffy said,

    They are also relatively bounce-able – softer bones than us old folks. Human body is a real piece of work! Creator did a heckuva job!

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    swampie said,

    That’s true….daughter, at the tender age of @ 5 or 6, decided that she would stop a big ol’ Tennessee Walker in full gallop that was heading for the barn and ignoring her little hands on the reins by grabbing onto a gate and grabbing on. She bounced pretty high on that concrete. I would have broken several bones. She got a stern lecture about screaming at the horse while on horseback, spooking him into running for the barn, and also a lesson in physics.

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    Al Fin said,

    The mother can’t understand it — that’s the third time this week that has happened. How can the child keep hitting the same palm tree and landing on the same soft dirt?

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