Boy survives 11-story fall from Minnesota building

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A young boy dubbed “the miracle baby” remains in critical condition but is expected to survive after falling 11 stories from a Minneapolis high-rise.

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 balcony’s railing Sunday evening.

Hennepin County Medical Center spokeswoman Christine Hill says the boy was in critical but stable condition Wednesday.

Dr. Tina Slusher of the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit tells the Star Tribune that Musa landed on a small patch of mulch. Slusher says “it’s a real gift from God” that the boy survived.


 

The owner of a Minneapolis apartment building where a 15-month old fell 11 stories met with community members to discuss measures to keep other children safe.

The toddler, Musa Dayib, is hospitalized with a broken spine and ribs, as well as a concussion and a punctured lung, but doctors expect him to survive. Musa’s relatives believe he slipped through the balcony’s railing Sunday evening.

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.

Minneapolis city building inspectors say the building’s balconies are up to code. Building official Patrick Higgins said the vertical rods under the railing are 5 1/2 inches apart.

Today’s building code requires an even closer spacing specifically so a small child can’t get through, Higgins said. Riverside Plaza was renovated two years ago, but the balconies weren’t part of the overhaul, he added.

“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.

Members of the Somali-American community say they are raising money for the family.

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