Meet the NZ teen who survived16-storey fall from apartment

July 26th, 2010 - 4:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Wellington, July 26(ANI): A teenager boy has miraculously survived after falling from 16 storeys from his family’s apartment through a carpark roof and landing on a concrete floor.

The 15-year-old was in a stable condition in Middlemore Hospital this morning, four days after the 40m- to 50m-plunge from the top floor of the Proximity Apartments in Amersham Way, near the Westfield Manukau mall.

He is believed to have suffered only a broken wrist, a broken rib, a gouged leg and internal injuries.

Medical experts are amazed he was not killed.

“He’s going to be okay. It’s just incredible that he survived,” the New Zealand Herald quoted the building manager, Jason Epps-Eades as saying.

The cause of the fall is not yet known and Counties-Manukau police are investigating.

Witnesses said the boy might have been playing on the balcony.

The teenager - believed to be an old boy of De La Salle College in Mangere East - crashed through the carpark’s steel roof, insulation and metal webbing, which saved him from directly hitting the concrete floor.

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