A five-year-old boy who survived miraculously after falling nine floors was probably playing on a mountain bike when he toppled over the balcony railing, police said Thursday.
Young-Jin Kim is expected to make a full recovery. He fell from the apartment balcony Wednesday morning, landing on his back on a grassy courtyard just after 10 a.m.
Det. Brian Ritchie told the Hamilton Spectator that police believe the boy climbed onto a bike on the balcony and tumbled over the meter-high railing.
“He’s probably the luckiest person I’ve ever come across to have gone down 90 feet and hit soft ground,” said Ritchie. “If it had been two weeks ago, it might have been a different story.”
Paramedics rushed the boy to McMaster University Medical Center with two broken legs, a broken pelvis and other internal injuries. The child underwent a three-hour surgery to repair his legs. He suffered no internal or neurological injuries.