Boy Survives Fall From 17th Floor Balcony
4-year-old Joey Williams may be the luckiest kid in the world. He's alive and well, despite a fall from this 17th floor balcony in Miami, Florida.
"That's truly a miracle," says Joey's grandfather, Jerry Uwnawich.
An eyewitness called 911.
911 Operator: "Is he conscious right now?"
Caller: "Yeah he is, he's crying."
911 Operator: "He's crying, that's good, okay so he's breathing. Is he completely awake and alert?"
"I was expecting broken arms, limbs...the kid was waving his hands! He actually wanted to get up and walk away!" Uwnawich says.
So how could Joey have survived such a fall?
First, a palm tree broke his fall on the 10th floor. Then he bounced onto bushes, and finally landed on a tiny patch of dirt...narrowly missing sprinklers. His total drop was 80 feet.
Joey was rushed to Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial, where his injuries turned out to be a few scratches and bruises. He's temporarily wearing a neck brace as a precaution.
Even in his hospital bed, Joey seemed ready for another adventure!
"It went from a tragedy to a miracle...thank God for small miracles," says Uwnawich.