July 26th, 2010
01:41 PM ET

Boy walking days after 16 story plunge

Less than a week after falling 16 stories from an apartment balcony, a 15-year-old New Zealand boy was walking around a hospital Monday and was expected to be released later this week, according to news reports from New Zealand.

Jason Epps-Eades, who manages the Proximity Apartments in Manukau City, New Zealand, said the teen plunged through the roof of a parking structure before hitting the concrete below, Radio New Zealand reported, which may have broken his fall and saved his life.

The boy suffered only broken bones and was expected to be released from Middlemore Hospital later this week, Radio New Zealand reported.

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, the teen stunned his parents and doctors by getting up from his hospital bed and walking on Monday.

Epps-Eades told the Herald the boy plunged 14 stories before hitting the metal-webbed carpark roof in a spot without metal or concrete bracing, which cushioned his fall just enough for him to survive the fall of the final two stories to the garage floor.

Police were called by a resident who saw the teen plunge past his balcony, the Herald reported.

Officials told the Herald they did not know why the boy fell. Inspections found the glass-and-steel balcony to be safe, the report said.

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  1. Big Telescope

    Whether you believe in God or Science seem to be irrelevant to the realities of the universe. In the end, the question of origin still relies on a "faith" in some particular notion. The kid lived another day and has a great story. Thank God or quantum physics...either way the outcome is still the same.

    "The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. " John Muir

    July 27, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. kneejerk

    we all know that kiwis are flightless – maybe he thought otherwise?

    July 27, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Yogismom58

    Why is it that when people say things like "he must have had an angel on his shoulder," do people have to be so rude and criticize others' beliefs!? No one is telling YOU that you have to believe in God or Allah or Buddha or anything else! I won't get into a theology debate with you people. Does it somehow hurt you that others believe differently than you do? Your attacks border on bigotry!

    July 27, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brett

    LOL, spoken like true Liberals....You never want to fix it yourself. You always want government to fix it, and blame God for not fixing it. Get off your lazy asses and fix it yourself!

    You blame God for not fixing the gulf oil spill? I blame you! Why don't you go down there and help with the cleanup efforts if you are so angry about it. Seriously people, use your whole brain.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Noble9

    It wasn't his time. Hope he lives his life well.

    July 27, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Lee

    Is there a prize for the news story that inspires the most utterly ridiculous comments?

    July 27, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Man

    I believe in God and I realize many on here don't. What I think many (of course not all of you so if you dont then this does not apply) don't understand are those same typical questions that believers and non believers ask alike. "Why do good things happen to bad people? Why does God let things happen?" etc. I questioned this and other things heavily when my 2 year old nephew died over a year ago.

    Bottom Line (For Me) is God created us with free will. Meaning good things will happen to bad people and bad things will happen to great people. He will not intervene. What he gives us is a choice to live our own lives. If you believe in God then good for you, keep the faith. If you don't believe in God then what are you worried about? Nothing, I know. I can't convince you to believe in God just as you can't convince to me believe in nothing. So keep living your lives and ignore the rest of the Bible Pushers as we "seek guidance" and "strive for a reason or person to believe in."

    July 27, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Godisgreat

    Many people ask why does god let children die, why does god allow genocide. What you people are not understanding is that you were not created to comprehend god's ways, god has a plan for everything, If you created humans would you want them to be of your equal?

    What created the air you breath, the trees the grow and what keeps your heart keep beating, is it a battery? Ignorance runs a bliss, anyone who believes the big bang has to have a very small IQ. The world is not a co-insodence we are all hear for a reason, this earth is a test for the true here after.

    Making mockery of GOD is a gigantic no no, you might not realize it today or tommorow but in 100yrs I promise you will regret it for an eternity.

    July 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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