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. Dele

    A fool hath saith in his heart, there is no God. If no one sees a divine intervention in this case, then sumthing is wrong. How come d dad was just around d corner to catch d baby when this happened? Was it just a mere coincidence? I would say no.Believe this or not, God is real and he does exist.

    November 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madeleine

      Your argument would be much more convincing if it were posted in anything close to resembling English, homefry.

      November 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • magnoliatreephotography

      @ Madeleine: That was a.w.e.s.o.m.e.!

      November 2, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ClearMoon

      I agree with Madeleine : ) Wiccan here and proud!
      I'm very happy the baby is fine.
      Please dont throw your god, jesus and bible up in our faces.
      Thank you

      November 3, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      I can't believe after more than two thousand years, you people aren't at least a little bit used to others talking about God.
      Maybe if you keep denying His existence, He will deny yours as well.
      Good luck in the next life or if you don't believe in one, have a nice final thought of TERROR before you "wink out".

      November 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ClearMoon

      It doesnt bother me when you talk about your god but what does bother me is when you tell me I should believe in your god.
      I dont believe in your god and I dont believe in hell as well!
      I have respect for all so do us a favor and please be respectful of our beliefs.
      Thank you : )

      November 4, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. smccuen

    Hurray for the boy and his father. That girl and her parents are EXTREMELY fortunate and let's hope no one makes her brother feel guilty for not standing in for their parents and protecting her. He, too, was at risk and could well have fallen in reaching for her. Imagine his horror. And let's not argue with people who don't yet believe in God. Allow them the time God is giving them. Neither you nor they are accountable to one another for beliefs or lack thereof. We are accountable only to ourselves and to God.

    November 2, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • pazyfe


      November 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spencer

      Um, next time you speak with this god person, have him/her/it give me a call. Better yet, have them drop in and visit. They know my phone # and address. THEN I'll give believing in him/her/it a shot.

      November 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Spencer....if you want nothing to do with God...then what makes you think He would ever want anything to do with you?
      We've never actually seen you either so we don't believe you even exist.

      November 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stevens

    God does exist
    and as a woman in active duty rite now, everyone dieing in the war is a tragedy and yes i have close friends die and i believe god brough them out of that danger to be next to him, you cant blame death on anyone...its apart of life we werent created to live forever just to fufil our destiny and meet up with god in the end. But you have your beliefs and i have mine. Take care

    November 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. angielogdelay

    as soon as i read this, i was very happy that this dude was in the right place at the right time – but i also immediately imagined it happening to Kramer from Seinfeld (catapulting him into a dumbfounded fame for a week.)

    November 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. god

    its was me.

    November 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      Well Thanks 😉 "wink wink"

      November 2, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      I've been trying to reach you all week. Where the hell have you been?!

      November 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole


      November 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucifer

      You win this time....but I'll be back

      November 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lori

    How old was the baby? How much did she weigh? How high is the window from the floor? How easy was it for the baby to climb out of the window? How long did it take her to exit the window? How long were the kids alone? How old was the sibling? What kind of awning was this? I'm really curious about the logistics of this. I don't believe in any kind of divine intervention. I think everything that happens, good and bad, is the result of coincidence or human action/inaction.

    November 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • pazyfe

      yes you keep thinking that, and don't forget to ujse your pencil and protractor!

      November 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ah.

      18 months. Probably around 25 lbs. Low enough for an 18 month old to climb. As easy as taking candy from a baby. A brief amount of time. Briefly. Old enough to appear responsible to the parents but young enough to fail to prevent the incident. Tobacco shop style. It played out without planning or organization – if there were logistics involved, that would indicate some degree of this. You are not a broad conceptual type of individual, are you? You should go into the CSI field.

      November 3, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Morgan

    You know you never hear about children falling out of windows and dying, you only hear about them being saved. Huh.

    November 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madeleine

      Doesn't make as much sensation. What would be the argument in God's favor there?

      November 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luna

      Actually, I hear about people falling out of buildings and dying and surviving all the time, you're just not paying attention. Eric Clapton's son died that way in NYC and more recently a suicide jumper survived a 42 story fall (also in NYC). This story probably wouldn't have made international news but for the cartoon nature of the kid bouncing off the awning and into the doctor's arms.

      November 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tera

    Thank God!

    November 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jane

    Thank God and definitly the boy and his dad!!

    November 2, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pablo J. Cabooze

    that is 1 really lucky girl. thats a straight up miracle right amen

    November 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. george?eh?

    you're pathetic..hell is waiting for you and satan will welcome you with arms wide open!!!!

    November 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jacb morse

      god is real dont like it find me and ntell it 2 my face!

      November 3, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Not the mama

    After the baby lands she says : "Again!"

    November 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • CantSleep

      To Not the Mama: And then the baby waited for it's close up and yelled, "Gotta Luv Me!!"

      November 3, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Only 100 comments so far

    and nobody has blamed the Democrats for pushing the baby out of the window.

    There's hope I tell ya.

    November 2, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea Party Activist

      The democrats did it!

      November 3, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You must have missed the two where they blamed Obama. Sorry.

      November 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pazyfe

    Listen, for those of you who question God, He does not need to explain Himself to anyone, He is the Alpha and Omega. Don't try and pencil God into your silly lives, or try to use your finite minds to figure The Infinite One. That is why he tells us that we must walk by faith. Stop trying to rationalize everything, because you can only see as far as your hand and that is it. God saw you even before your bones were formed in your momma's womb. Why does He save one and not another? Leave it alone, just praise Him for who He is, THE ALMIGHTY GOD, HOLY SPIRIT AND JESUS CHRIST, period!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pazyfe

    Pray and give thanks with a grateful heart, I know his child's momma better be doing this!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
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