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. Beerjerk

    That kid definitely had an angel on his shoulder.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Really? Remind me never to step close to a ledge when angels are around.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      LOL @ John, I was thinking the same thing. It always cracks me up when God & Angels are brought into these things.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesus mows my lawn

      sounds like he needed one on the roof

      July 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • cody

      ....what? pushing him?

      July 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Montero

      If he had an angel on his shoulder why did the angel let him fall, or be injured. Foolish statement you made.

      July 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • The other Sam

      Probably the same angel that pushed him.

      July 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard Anderson

    Be interesting if they could design something (other than a massive airbag, something that could be deployed rapidly) that could be used in case of jumpers trying to commit suicide

    July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest9002

      But where would you put such a device? you couldnt possibly cover all the areas where somebody might jump. if you are talking about preventing suicide, they already have nets like this, but people often jump without warning so it is hard to anticipate.

      July 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacey

      He wasn't trying to commit suicide. Knowing south auckland kids, he was probably drunk lol!

      July 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Preston

      Any giant safety device would surely result in lawsuits... as people intent on commiting suicide would end up paralyzed and would sue?! That is what would happen here in the states anyway.

      July 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anpadh

      Thank anyone you like but thank SOMEONE the kid is alive! I am sure the kid and his parents would not mind whether you thanked the Force, Allah, Christ, Yehovah, Krsna, Buddha, or anyone else. It is good to be grateful for life and especially for a miraculous rescue. In re suicide, I don't know that you can ultimately prevent suicide without providing the person with the material AND spiritual means to continue living. And even so, some spiritual leader may decide to allow himself/herself to be caught and executed to save the souls of his/her disciples and other followers.

      July 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesus mows my lawn

      yeah,they are called parachutes.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • cody

      I propose some sort of helium balloon arrangement. They would be attached to a belt or collar etc and they would be set to inflate and deploy upon a measured sudden acceleration downwards.

      I haven't figured out the particulars yet.

      They would be brought back to earth via snipers trained to take out the balloons with minimal damage to the person involved.

      They would hopefully then be caught in some manner on their return, at speed, to ground.

      July 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alydenrose

    Thanks be to God for His divine protection!!

    July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick0001

      so you think that it was god that saved him? why doesnt god save everybody who falls like this? why didnt god save the people who had to jump from the twin towers?

      i think we should chalk this one up to the mathematical probability that thousands of people fall from buildings every year, so eventually someone is bound to survive.

      praise be to god for the oil spill in the gulf as well. if "god" intervenes with a boy's life, then why didnt he intervene to save hundreds of thousands of people's lives?

      July 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • kadengirl

      and how about SAVING wildlife from the oil spill?

      July 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Because God has a plan for everyone and everything happens for a reason. I guess God didn't plan on this kid dying by falling from a building.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick00001

      ah the "god has a plan for everyone" bit. well then you just testified that it was premeditated, which would rachet the offense up to murder in the first degree. looks like we are going to be putting you away for a long, long time, God.

      so children dying is all part of gods plan? why cant he just wait until they die of old age and then enact his "plan"
      you cant just say "god has his plan" and leave it at that. what could his plan possibly be? what is he creating an intermural hockey squad up in heaven, and this kid is a killer goalie that someone else was going to pick for their team so he wanted to keep the kid on earth? or is god building an army? you cant just blindly accept its idiotic. Although as the saying goes, to each, his own.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • j4sef

      LOL @Jeff... are you serious?

      July 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg G.

      “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
      Then he is not omnipotent.
      Is he able, but not willing?
      Then he is malevolent.
      Is he both able and willing?
      Then whence cometh evil?
      Is he neither able nor willing?
      Then why call him God?”

      -Epicurus (341-270 BCE)

      July 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesus mows my lawn

      I would thank the roof of the garage-not the easter bunny.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      This thread demonstrates exactly why I, a devoutly religious man, usually have atheists as my closest friends. I am a Christian, but even I think most of the vocal Christians are just wacko. Well there's psycho people on all sides I guess. Just chill out everyone.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just a girl

      Yes, the kid had an angel on his shoulder and praise God that he can live to see another day.

      Why do atheists make such a big deal when someone praises God for anything? Most comments are very condescending and its really just uncalled for. I should be allowed to praise God as much as I want without hearing snide comments from the peanut gallery. I don't attack your personal beliefs so why do you feel you have the right to say anything about mine?

      I will send up a prayer for you and theres nothing you can do to stop me though so :-p

      July 27, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. aubrie

    Good karma!!

    July 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charles

    Jesus sure was protecting him. Praise God!

    July 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heliocentric

      How do you know it was Jeebus? Maybe he made a pact with the devil?

      July 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesus mows my lawn

      yeah,him and pedro were mowing the lawn.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abraham Lincoln

      Pretty sure that Thor saved him since Jesus isn't real.

      July 26, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Horvath

      With the exception that there is historical evidence for Jesus and not Thor. Good try though.

      July 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheXDude

      Yeah, well there's historical evidence of my neighbor Frank too... doesn't mean too terribly much.
      Did you ever play that game in kindergarten where you tell a story and it then goes around the circle and by the time it gets back, it's totally different and not even close to the original story? Well .. yeah .. there ya go. It's the story of Jesus.. could have just as easily been my neighbor Frank.

      July 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just a girl


      July 27, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Todd

    Yes, for sure, THANK GOD!!

    July 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Juliemac

    Actually? Thank god for the weak spot in the metal roof that cushioned his fall...

    July 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      God created the person that made the building that is why he was saved from the fall.

      July 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg G.

      Cindy ... you need a butterfly net.

      July 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Suz

    Future career: stuntman. 🙂

    July 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jak

      i say gambler

      July 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgatwood


      July 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chimo

      Vey lucky kid who happened to hit the right spot at the right time. Was it God? Was it karma? who the hell knows, I'll just bet that the kids parents probably got a little more religious in the last few days. Oh well, La Chayim!!!!!!! To Life!

      July 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ben

    Thank God

    July 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marc D

    It wasn't devine intervention. It was roof intervention. Read the article. He didn't even hit the worst part of the roof. He lucked out, plain and simple.

    July 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesus mows my lawn

      this is the only logical NORMAL conclusion.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Horvath

      Well, unfortunately for you, you cannot prove that it was NOT divine intervention. In fact, how do we know 'luck' does exist? 'Luck' exist no more than 'Thor.' I see your point but you cannot disprove the theist position as stated by some people here.

      July 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Krys

    I'm happy that the boy is going to be okay, but I can't help but wonder...Would anyone be -blaming- God if the boy had died?

    July 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesus mows my lawn

      It's really funny,if the boy would have died then it's "gods will" God needed him, contridiction,just like most of the fairy tale book.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      They would have said "God had a plan for him. It involved being smashed flat."

      July 27, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Linda

    To Ana- Where in Jon's post does it say he was a Christian? And so what if he was. Moron

    July 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. luvcomments

    Anna ................................. most people are feeble-minded, no matter what they believe, even if they believe in nothing.

    July 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Grider

    It is what it is,,, we must hold on to miracles sometimes. and those who are bitter folks not happy for others, what can I say

    July 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kadengirl

    Who's G-d are you all thanking anyway? Was it Jesus? Was it Allah? Was it Hashem? Was it Buddah? C'mon people; he drew a lucky straw this time – next time he won't be so lucky – and suppose it was a suicide attempt? Would G-d save him then? Who's G-d?

    July 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      My god is HOWARD STERN!

      July 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heliocentric

      Or, it could have easily been some insidious pact with the devil. I'm voting devil...

      July 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kite005

      Howard Stern is the devil. Or at least the role would fit him perfectly.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abraham Lincoln

      Buddha isn't a god, even Buddhists will tell you that.

      July 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
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