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. blah blah miracle blah blah god blah blah BLAH

    I would totally believe in a miracle if the baby had fallen 7 stories, hit the ground and not been hurt. Someone walking by on what was probably a populated street and seeing a falling (and probably screaming) baby and catching them was just frigging awesome. I might believe it was a miracle if the guy was walking and the baby just happened to fall directly into his hands. Stuff like this happens every day – right place at the right time.

    All this God and Satan talk – folks go back and read some of this stuff. It actually SOUNDS like something out of LOTR. I have seen fanboys/girls talk just as seriously and bash each other over their favorite action/comic heros. "God doesn't exist" "God does exist" How do you know? I mean, for real and for sure – HOW do you REALLY know? Oh yeah it's a little thing called faith. Faith, which is a belief, which isn't a proven fact. Not trying to ruffle any feathers here (ok maybe I am just a little), but when you Churchers go all postal, you're not doing your cause any good.

    Be awesome to each other!

    November 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. maybethebro

    I'm surprised I didn't see any comments that maybe the brother pushed the baby out the window while the parents weren't looking? I have a new baby, and I can see jealousy from older siblings and the fact they don't know right from wrong and understand death, I could see it happening

    November 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gift Ese Akpore

    All we need to say, is to thank GOD for the girls life. from 9ja.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    One of our fellow humans saved the life of another human.

    Why are so many people here giving credit to some imaginary, magical product of wishful thinking?

    November 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. roshan

    John- Or It could have been God planning the course of action throughout his day.

    Doesn't God have anything better to do all day? He/She could have just shut the apartment window and gone looking for Bin Laden.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • blah blah miracle blah blah god blah blah BLAH

      ***like button***

      November 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. justNuts

    Maybe the babies brother is Michael Jackson reincarnated!!!! and the baby just slipped from his hands.

    Does God exist or not? hmmmmmm, guess we are all left to decide that for our self. But like I tell my kids, just because someone is different from you or believes different then you does not give you the right to be rude – even if they are rude to you.

    A little civility would go a long ways toward making this world a better place to live.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. minermark

    Now if this happened in the states the other sibling would be taken asap in to custody for throwing the baby out the window.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. flyingSpaghettiMonster

    pfffffftt!!! Just another attention seeking youth... be ORIGINAL!! Anyone can fall and be caught. Wile E Coyote totally did this 25 years ago... duh. If that baby made me a sandwich I'd be totally impressed.. yeah.. make me a sandwich!

    November 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      talk about being original.
      Take another look at your name nozzle.

      November 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. whatevs!?!

    those boys in america got in a hot air balloon, drifted for miles and then upon landing, magically teleported back to their garage... now THAT is impressive.

    Stupid baby, can't even teleport, has to fall to get places...

    November 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^.^

      The police were stupid if they actually believed a child could have survived INSIDE a helium-filled balloon that long. Once they realized there was no basket attached to the bottom of the balloon, they should have stopped chasing the balloon down expecting a child to be inside of it.

      November 3, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. notreally

    How dare that man on the ground interfere with the will of god! That baby needs to be dead and now everything's ruined!

    November 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kkikjk

    Wow Iam glad She is alive

    November 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MadHatter

    Why are the parents not under arrest for child neglect?

    November 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sully

      Because France isn't as stupid of a place to live as the USA.

      November 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      How is an accident result in neglect charge? Dummy!

      November 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      An accident should result in neglect charges, because this is not an accident! Why didn't they know where their child was? At 18 mths. kids do not know right from wrong, they wander, they explore, and they trust us ( the adults) to make sure they cannot get hurt!! If you do not know where your kids are, you can assume they will get hurt and if they don't get hurt you are probably getting lucky.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gmom123

      Why are we so damn punitive all of the time? The mother made a mistake. Investigate, call it good fortune – miraculous even – that no one was hurt and move on.

      November 4, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • VegasRage

      Clearly those who think this wasn't neglect don't have kids. Why the hell would you leave any window open in your 7th story place with kids around? You have to dumb as a box of rocks.

      November 4, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Blitz

      It's neglect because what the story doesn't tell you is that the parents weren't in the flat at all when this happened. Leaving children completely unsupervised at that age is insanity and is neglect.

      November 4, 2010 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Hexa

      You are correct. Children this age are not to be left with an underaged sibling. Now, accidents are fine but not when an unattended baby falls out of a seven floor window. Punitive to put the parent in jail... really? How punative is it to see a 18 month old child splattered on a sideway and the sibling, possibly being blamed by the family for life. Can you image what it will be like for the sibling growing up? Even if the parents do not blame the child can you image the guilt the child will feel as they lower the sibling in the grave? Everyone crying and heart broken and he or she would never see their sibling again just because the parent lacked responsiblity and left the child with a young caregiver. And what about the other parent who knew nothing of the other spouses behavior? Do you think their marriage will last? it's a divorce in the making and again the child that survived will feel guilty even though it's not his or her own fault. Nobody will win in this situation however, I know that a little jail time, supervisor and parent counseling will help this parent to never do this again. God was smiling on her and the child. I'm happy the child was caught and saved... thanks be to God.

      November 4, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Walt Forest

      Because the State has all the answers and solves all problems. The State is perfect – all hail the State.

      November 4, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |

    God has a plan for all of us..... sometimes God does things to show some of us that he is still in control and has all power... One day everyone, including the non-believers, will confess with their own mouths that he is God and then will u non-believers be sorry that u didnt believe in him.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      For a believer, you sound awfully bitter..hmmm

      November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Self sufficient

      Waa, Waaa, Waaa – Tote your cr@p somewhere else

      November 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walt Forest

      As soon as I fall 7 stories and bounce off an awning into the arms of a Doctor I'll give up all my sins – and then replace them with even better ones.

      November 4, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • noway

      God doesn't exist. This was a superb coincidence. whenever I hear that "it's god's plan that babies die" I cringe. If there was a god he would not be as arrogant as to kill babies.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. marie

    Thank god for tobacco store awnings and doctors with good reflexes. The only rational stretch here to discuss anything remotely related to yesterdays election would be to mention they have socialized medicine in France and the best medical system in the world.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Self sufficient

      You have no idea what you are talking about. The health care system in France is one of the worst in Europe. Nothing even comes close to the US in that area. Don't just spew – use you brain.

      November 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leila

      What are you talking about? France has the best medical system in place? Why is it the best? Because it is free? Do you know what you get for "free" ? Nothing. Oh silly me...of course you get wait listed for months on end to see a doctor...yah ok! Best system!

      November 4, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Trevor

    From another news source...

    His parents, who were not in the apartment at the time, were last night still in police custody.

    The boy's fortunes were even more miraculous than it first appeared. According to reports, the cafe, in the north-eastern part of the city, had been closed for the All Saints bank holiday on Monday, an occasion that would usually see the awning closed.

    However there was a jam in the mechanism which meant it had been left out from the day before.

    A man living in a building opposite from the apartment told France Info he saw the toddler playing by the window with a girl a few years older.

    The doctor who caught the boy, named by French press as Philippe Benseniot, was walking by with his wife and son when the boy spotted him falling.

    He said: 'I was there at the right time. My son happened to look up and he saw that a little boy was on the balcony and had somehow got through the railing and was playing on the very edge of a vertical drop into the street.

    'I just had the time to get across the street and place myself. I said to myself: "whatever happens, I mustn't miss him".
    'He didn't have a scratch. He cried for a few moments and then calmed down and fell asleep.'

    Neighbours on the seventh floor then prevented the little boy's sister from falling after him after speaking with her through the locked front door.

    'I said, "Where is your brother?" and she said: "He's fallen",' said witness Samia Benmoussa. 'I panicked until I discovered what had happened. It was a real miracle.'

    November 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
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