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Baby Boy Falls 11 Stories, Miraculously Survives

'Miracle Baby' survivves fall from 11 stories

According to doctors, 15-month-old Musa Dayib probably shouldn't be alive today, but it seems that luck was on his side.

The "miracle baby," as he's now been dubbed, survived a tragic and nearly fatal fall from the balcony of his dad's Minneapolis apartment on Sunday. The balcony is 11 stories above the ground.

After landing on a bed of mulch, Little Musa sustained a slew of serious injuries — including a concussion, broken back, broken arms and bruising to his heart and lungs — but is, by all accounts, more than lucky to be alive. Now in critical-yet-stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center, the little boy is being monitored closely and is heavily sedated as doctors treat him.

The terrible accident apparently happened in just a matter of seconds, while Musa was playing with his 3-year-old sister. Though the two were being looked after by their dad at the time, a family friend told WCCO that when their father left the room, the little girl opened the door to the balcony and Musa ran out.

What has everyone scratching their heads, though, is the fact that Musa appears to have slipped through the rails of the balcony — despite the fact that the rails were up to code at 47 inches high and 5.5 inches apart.

"How a child fit through 5.5 inches, we don't know yet," building owner George Sherman told KSTP.

Musa's family is obviously horrified by the entire incident, and want to see that changes are made to prevent another terrible accident from happening.

"What happened is what happened,” said Musa's uncle, Abdir Ahim Amed. “How can we protect the rest of these kids ... something’s got to be done.”

As for now, though, they are just grateful for little Musa's miraculous survival. And so are his doctors.

"If you and I fell that far, we would be dead," said Dr. Tina Slusher of Hennepin's pediatric intensive care unit.

"He's a kid, so they tend to be more flexible and pliable than you and I would be," she continued. "Having said that, it's a real gift from God that he made it because this is a huge fall."

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