Baby Falls 7 Stories, Bounces Off Awning and is Caught by Passer-by

A picture taken on November 2, 2010 shows the building from which a 18 month-old child fell from the 7th floor the day before, bouncing on the canopy of the "Le Vincennes" cafe and landing in the arms of a passing man. The toddler landed safely in the arms of a doctor who was warned by his son of the falling child. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

A real miracle – An 18-month-old boy survived after falling seven floors and bouncing off a Paris cafe awning into the arms of a passer-by.

“My son saw a little boy on a balcony. He had gone right outside the railing… I said to myself I mustn’t miss him,” the toddler’s savior, local doctor Philippe Bensignor, told reporters, recounting the drama.  “I had time to move from side to side to get in the right position,” he added. “The little boy was fine. He cried a little bit but calmed down straightaway.”

An official involved in investigating the incident said the boy had been left alone in the family apartment in northern Paris with his sister by their parents, who were taken into custody afterwards.

“It’s a real miracle,” said the cafe’s barman, pointing to a small tear in the awning where the toddler bounced off.  “We were closed yesterday but the mechanical device for closing the awning wasn’t working…”



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