Child survives 7-story fall
MIAMI -- A 4-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after falling seven stories.
According to City of Miami Police, Joey Williams jumped over the 17th floor railing of his apartment at the Grand Residences Condominium, located at 1717 N. Bayshore Drive, and fell onto the 10th floor pool area.
"I said, he is the miracle baby, and for everybody that's watching: There is a God out there," said Jerry Unawich, Joey's grandfather, "and I've seen that today ... God was with him when he fell. If you see him, there's not one scratch on him. I truly know that God was with him every step of the way."
According to officials, Joey landed on top of a tree and bounced to another tree before falling on a patch of dirt. Most of the 10th floor area is covered by cement, but there is a small area with trees and dirt.
Witnesses at the scene said Joey just missed falling on exposed pipes and could have been impaled. "It's all cement, as you can see, except for this one little area of dirt right here," said witness Jay Mosley, as he pointed out a patch of dirt only a few feet around, "and you can see that there's metal things protruding, and basically God just put him right there on the dirt, from the two trees, so it's a total miracle, and he's alive."
Miami Fire Rescue responded and treated Joey on the scene. They report that he will be fine but transported him to Jackson Memorial Hospital as a precaution.
Rescuers also had to transport the boy's mother after she fainted at the scene.
Unawich said, he was inside the condo unit with Joey and his mother when he noticed the child has somehow disappeared. "I don't know how he got out," he said. "He just opened the door, and I'm looking for him around the place, and I'm going, 'Where is this kid?' and I just see the door open, and I ran down to the patio. A soon as I see the door open, I just went downstairs."
Joey remains at JMH in observation. According to his family, Joey does not have a single scratch on his body. Joey is scheduled to be released Monday.
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