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. Prentiss

    To "Sensible" Ray- No, why don't you enlighten us. Your ridiculous post didn't quite do the trick. I have a better idea, go away. Atheism explains NOTHING and is also a religion, albeit an illogical one.

    July 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmm

      I think he was saying that arguing about religion gets people nowhere...especially on anonymous message boards

      July 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • adrifter

      Prentiss... Atheism a religion?? Atheism illogical?? My oh my. I'd react, but I can't stop laughing.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abraham Lincoln

      Does it hurt to be retarded, Prentiss?

      July 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Believing

    Terri, if God is imaginary to you, I'll pray for you.

    July 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mmm

    Pokerface? I barely know her!

    July 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Toby

    I heard from a reliable source that it was Obama's fault.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken K

      You are correct. The boy had more dirt on the USA's failed efforts in Afghanistan. The CIA pushed the kid off the balcony. The CIA insiders will publish the report on WikiLeaks.

      July 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wild Willy

      I heard it from MY reliable source that it was all George Bush's fault!

      July 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • kite005

      No Bush's damage has been done and it's pretty easy to distinguish what he's responsible for. Or maybe not. The results of Obama's leadership have not even taken affect yet but people are blaming him for what has not even happened yet.

      July 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Christ of Loves You

    Now that is what I call a MIRACLE! God has blessed.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. loveChrist

    God is good! This is a miracle. Agree with "Christ Loves You"!

    July 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesus mows my lawn

      god is dead.jesus mows my lawn.

      July 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pedro

    Poor kid. He couldn't even get suicide right.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobby

    oh you bible thumpers crack me up. you would think it would be difficult to brainwash this many of you. A bunch of lost sheep begging for the something to guide you.

    July 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      bobby Growup

      July 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. je

    how did this conversation go from about somebody falling 16 stories to who god loves and who god doesn't love? Cant we just be thankful that the kid survived?

    July 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      je Ya weird ,I guess some people aren't happy unless thier whineing about sombody . Lets stick to the fact that this kid isn't dead or crippled .

      July 26, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. whatnext

    I'm glad he wasn't an American. Even in the great shape he's in, he would have stayed in bed, called an attorney, and decided how many millions he wanted to sue for.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. james

    What can I say "Happy Landings" To say he was in Gods big ole hand is silly. Sometimes strange things happen.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chukronos

    Hmmm. . . anyone see the movie, "Unbreakable"? Now, we need to find Mr. Glass.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mooli

    earthlings had to invent god, because there incapable little minds couldn't comprehend that the afterlife may not actually exist, & their present life may the only thing they get to experience. man I can't wait to get back to Venus!

    July 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Luke

    You guys! If someone wants to attribute this boy's luck to God, then let them attribute this boy's luck to God.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dike

    Sketchy details... why did he fall? suicide?

    July 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
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