November 2nd, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Baby survives 7-story fall

An 18-month-old girl in Paris, France, appeared unhurt after falling seven stories and bouncing off an awning into a man's arms, witnesses told Le Parisien newspaper.

Witnesses said the child and a sibling had been left alone briefly Monday in their seventh-floor apartment in the city's 20th arrondissement, east of the central city. The girl fell out of a window, but a boy on the street saw her falling and alerted his father, who caught the baby after she bounced off the awning of a tobacco shop and cafe on the building's ground floor, the paper reported.

The man with the quick reflexes and good hands, a doctor, looked over the girl and didn't find any injuries, but handed her off to an ambulance crew to be safe, according to Le Parisien.

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  1. dictionary

    Perfect. Nice catch Mister.

    November 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • O157:H7

      Then he did a quick victory dance and spiked the baby!

      November 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Straight from a movie.

      November 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olivier

      The doctor appeared to be a T-800 Terminator, and she will save the human race in a near future.

      November 3, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      It's nice that it turned out well. I am very happy for the baby, and her stupid azz mother who let her fall out a window! Thank God, or whomever, whatever you believe or don't believe in. Kind of hard to say "Yay, thank random chance!"

      November 3, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • hmm

      @0157: Best. Comment. Ever.

      November 3, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Go Back to Work!

      What a great thing it is, to have a single moment in which you do something that makes your entire life completely and thoroughly worthwhile.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Do my eyes deceive me??? GOOD news for a change...
      Thank God this guy was walking by at just the right time.

      November 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jaxson13

    He also survived a fall from the 8th floor.......BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY! Heyyyyooooo! Thank you, thank you.....

    November 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Your comment wins.

      November 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jiminycat


      November 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Sorry...I seriously don't get it.

      November 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • And...

      what does his comment win?

      November 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jaxson13

    (I meant "She"...sorry....)

    November 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RH of WI

    And they say tobacco kills...not this time.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LPR58

    What a miracle...

    November 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn Key

      Miracle is the only word for this. Thank God!

      November 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1 + 1 = ?

      I think its called a coincidence

      November 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Coincidence is just God choosing to remain anonymous. This is truly a miracle.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • to george

      George, that i would call his way of population control. the end.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • carla

      You did read the part where a MAN caught her, right? Had she bounced, then hovered, then slowly lowered to the ground...that would be a miracle. This was luck of timing and a dude with a great catching arm!

      November 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wrong Choice...

      oh wow...i wonder why god let all other innocent babies die when they fell off a building or a bridge and surprisingly chose to save this one baby in a miraculous fashion...oh wait i know why so that some can claim god exists...

      November 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      George from LA wins for simply being CORRECT.
      God doesn't make miracles. Miracles are what the simply call incredibly good luck (which is JUST the right combination of atoms, with JUST the right vector, intersecting another grouping of atoms, to a beneficial outcome of yet another group, or groups, of atoms).

      November 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @George, I think its an anomaly that science and math placed this guy at the spot where the baby would drop? Or It could have been God planning the course of action throughout his day.

      November 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Maybe, perhaps, she will change the world one day.
      Although, her parents should be questioned about leaving her alone.

      November 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abbyka

      Why do people have to reply just to bash someone's religious beliefs? Yeah, we get it, you don't believe in God. But stop trying to kill someone's happiness over good news. I don't necessarily agree with people shoving religion down someone's throat either, but it goes both ways. Be respectful to each other for crying out loud.

      Now that I have my rant out of the way, yes, I do think this is a miracle. Very happy the baby is okay!

      November 3, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Say what you will, I'm pretty certain the mother said a "thank god" or two. I find the notion people that choose not to believe in god typically have of what they don't believe in to be pretty laughable. The tinkering scapegoat that has no other purpose than granting wishes. God respects our choices so we can show who we are. I see some of that going on here. If a child dies, it dies entirely innocent and without regret. How many of you would like to have lived a life like that? I know I would. Too late for me and that's why I need god. I have to believe there's a way back and I feel sorry for people that don't. How hopeless and devoid of joy that sort of existence msut be.

      November 3, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Uhhhh, right.....

      A baby gets saved = god

      A baby dies of cancer = not god.

      *smacks forhead* Frigging idiots.

      November 3, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Uhhhh, right.....

      "I don't necessarily agree with people shoving religion down someone's throat either, but it goes both ways. "

      Do you pay attention to politics? Religion is stuffed down my throat in every way imaginable. Atheists are the ones getting screwed all the time. Not the controlling, hyporcite, crybaby christians.

      November 3, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      One of your fellow humans saved the life of another humans.

      How about giving credit to him instead of your imaginary little product of weak-minded insecurity and wishful thinking?

      Grow up....

      November 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      This was a miracle from God...
      All you atheists can go to hell..

      November 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dfielder

    Gives a whole new meaning to beautiful bouncing bay girl.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pauljack


    November 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dictionary


    November 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. osama bin diesel

    French kuponk anyone ?

    November 2, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. taffy piper

    As incredible as this is, does anyone find it rather cartoonish? I mean, someone falling from a highrise and emerging unhurt by bouncing off a store awning... I'd say you can't make this stuff up, but I think Tex Avery did, like, 70 years ago.

    November 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • xactomundo

      They forgot to mention the kid's dad is Daffy Duck...

      November 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyn

      Absolutely!! I had the same thought.

      November 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wow

    A whole flock of angels is wearing off their adrenaline rush about now...

    November 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. christine

    where was the parents when this happened???

    November 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tricia

      The article says the kids had been left alone for a brief time. You know, sometimes, you just have let your kids explore their worlds. Hopefully, they don't fall out the window on their explorations. But, if they do, it's good to live above a tobacco shop with an awning.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      The article says they were left alone for a brief time, but that probably didn't mean they were alone in the HOME. It probably meant they were alone in the ROOM. The mother could have been in the bathroom for 5 minutes for all we know.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Base-jumping off the Eiffel Tower.

      November 3, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. amy

    Did anyone notice the missing part? The part where the parents get charged with neglect and the children are taken into state custody for being left alone? Oh, that's right! The French don't do that sort of thing! They just say "it's an honest mistake that could happen to any parent" and go on with their lives!

    November 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Baby was with her sibling. How about instead of seeing this as a moment to rip on the French, you just accept that this is kind of a cool story. If you do that, I promise not to make fun of America's stupidity the next time a woman microwaves her baby.

      November 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raymond

      Europeans dont coddle their kids like we do in the US. Here, the parents would probably be in jail pending trial, kids with CPS, and the response team would have been an ambulance, a fire truck, and 3 squad cars as well as full media coverage. Not sure who would have been better off in this case.

      November 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tricia

      Amy there isn't ripping on the French. She's ripping on the Americans!

      November 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      Luke has a good point.

      Terrible accidents can happen to anyone....this isn't like that case near Atlanta where the house was disgusting and the young children had spider bites and were severely obese and weren't ever sent to school.

      November 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wrong Choice...

      amy looks like you fell when you were a baby and did hit the ground with your all this happiness you are so interested to see the family rip apart...retard...

      November 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Mike

      Hey Amy, did you vote today? Oh, thats right; you were too busy spinning up an international incident. Pity ...

      November 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ElBC

      amy– Looks like your critique of the ridiculous American liability system that has us all walking on eggshells went right over everyone's head. Watch out! You'll get sued by French-Americans for defamation– Oh, wait, that's right: people who were brought up in other countries are generally smart enough to know what you were implying with your comment. Whatever happened to common sense?

      November 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abbyka

      It said briefly. What, mom and dad can't go to the bathroom or answer the door?

      November 3, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. john

    How cool is that! She's a miniature French Sputnik flying with the greatest of ease on Newton's Law. Great catch for the doctor!

    November 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    Incredible, what amazing luck and of all people to catch her, a doctor. Wow.

    November 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Not luck at all. It was Doctor Who. He went back in time to catch her.

      November 3, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
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