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    Boy survives falling off balcony after bouncing off palm trees

    A four-year-old boy had a lucky escape after falling from a 17th floor hotel balcony only to bounce off palm trees and land with minor injuries.


    By Paul Thompson
    Published: 7:02PM BST 06 Jun 2010


    Joey Williams fell from the 17th floor hotel balcony Photo: AP


    Rescuers found Joey Williams still alive after he bounced off a cluster of palm trees and landed on a dirt surface near the hotel's swimming pool. Apart from surviving the 80ft fall he somehow managed to land between two pipes jutting up from the ground.
    Less than four hours after the fall at his hotel in Miami, Florida, he was sitting up in bed eating chips and drinking.
    Lt Ignatius Carroll, a spokesman for Miami Fire Rescue, said it was "amazing" the boy was still alive.
    "I've seen people die after falling 30 feet, but this boy fell up to 80ft," he said.
    "He looked to be in pretty good shape. He wasn't all banged up like we expected."
    Joey was with his parents and grandparents at the Doubletree hotel in Miami when the incident occurred on Saturday.
    His grandfather Jerry Unawich said the youngster had been chasing a balloon in the hotel room.
    When the balloon drifted out on the balcony his grandson chased after it and is believed to have climbed over the railing surrounding the balcony.
    Williams landed by the hotel's pool on the 10th floor of the building in Miami, Florida.
    "There are no broken bones and doctors told us everything is fine," said Unawich.
    " No bleeding internally. We were truly blessed that God was there with him."

    Boy survives falling off balcony after bouncing off palm trees - Telegraph


    Lucky kid indeed.

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    Sue....................the railing was obviously far too low for the kid to climb up....My services are avaliable...

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    Great story and bejesus his parents must have had the greatest sense of relief ever! Pity it ended on this note however:
    " No bleeding internally. We were truly blessed that God was there with him."
    That annoys me a bit. What's the inference of kids who do die in such falls, God wasn't with them??

    Still, it's only my minor gripe and the kid is bloody lucky!

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    Kid should go to Pattaya and open a school.

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    Very Lucky. Must be a kids only building though. 17th Floor - 80 Feet, my maths makes that 4.7 Feet a floor!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Pom View Post
    Very Lucky. Must be a kids only building though. 17th Floor - 80 Feet, my maths makes that 4.7 Feet a floor!!
    Maybe they measured from the top of the palms?

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    Do they go and sue the Hotel or the Ballon Factory (best would be both)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Pom View Post
    Very Lucky. Must be a kids only building though. 17th Floor - 80 Feet, my maths makes that 4.7 Feet a floor!!
    If you actually had read the entire article, you would have seen:

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
    Williams landed by the hotel's pool on the 10th floor of the building in Miami, Florida.
    So, he fell from the 17th floor, to the 10th floor - a total of 7 floors. Since buildings do not contain a 13th floor, so probably just 6 floors. (13 feet per floor)

    Misleading headline, as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grasshopper View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Pom View Post
    Very Lucky. Must be a kids only building though. 17th Floor - 80 Feet, my maths makes that 4.7 Feet a floor!!
    Maybe they measured from the top of the palms?
    It says he landed by the pool on the tenth floor. That means he fell seven floors!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    Less than four hours after the fall at his hotel in Miami, Florida, he was sitting up in bed eating chips and drinking.
    Curious that they specify what he was eating but not what he was drinking . . . vodka, shirley temple . . .

    Very lucky little kid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Pity it ended on this note however:
    " No bleeding internally. We were truly blessed that God was there with him."
    That annoys me a bit. What's the inference of kids who do die in such falls, God wasn't with them??

    Still, it's only my minor gripe and the kid is bloody lucky!
    Annoys me to no end when people say things like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo
    Annoys me to no end when people say things like that.
    ... What he said or what I said?

    On further thought it's definitely a bit of an inconsequential whinge/rant from me all things considered. It's understandable that the grandfather would be feeling somewhat blessed and relieved to a degree and the most important thing is the kid's alive and well.

    Now sports stars thanking God for their victories etc on the otherhand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    ... What he said or what I said?
    Wot u sed, obviresly

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo
    Annoys me to no end when people say things like that.
    ... What he said or what I said?

    On further thought it's definitely a bit of an inconsequential whinge/rant from me all things considered. It's understandable that the grandfather would be feeling somewhat blessed and relieved to a degree and the most important thing is the kid's alive and well.

    Now sports stars thanking God for their victories etc on the otherhand...
    Well, no, because it implies that people who do lose a loved one in unfortunate circumstances are somehow not "blessed;" "God loves us so he saved our kid, whereas your kid who wheeled his trike out onto a busy street, maybe not so much." It is also theologically unsound thinking- if God is responsible for saving or not saving kids who fall off balconies, is he also responsible for letting them fall in the first place? At what point does He start paying attention? "Ah, soon as I take my eyes off him for a second the kid's falling off an 8-story balcony. . .what the hell, I'll stick a couple palm trees in the way, just this once, see what happens."
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    It's all really a part of the greater illogical mess that is religion -- saved from a bad event and you're 'blessed', suffer and you're 'being tested'.

    I personally encountered this a couple of years back when some family members were involved in a serious traffic accident. Sadly my cousin was killed, happily my uncle survived (although with serious injuries). They are from a very much Churchy/Christian side of the family and I remember all the well-wishers etc from their congregation continually saying how 'blessed' they were that my uncle lived. I felt like screaming at them: 'Yeah, but what about the kid who f*#king died!?'.

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