Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Toddler who fell from high-rise in critical condition (with video)

MINNEAPOLIS — A young boy dubbed "the miracle baby" after surviving an 11-story fall to the ground from a Minneapolis high-rise remained in critical condition Wednesday.

Fifteen-month-old Musa Dayib suffered a broken spine and ribs as well as a concussion and a punctured lung. Musa's relatives think he slipped through the balcony's railing 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."

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 local 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.

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