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New Zealand teenager survives 16-storey plunge

Published 26/07/2010

A New Zealand teenager has survived a 16-story plunge from the balcony of his family's apartment onto a concrete floor
A New Zealand teenager has survived a 16-story plunge from the balcony of his family's apartment onto a concrete floor

A 15-year-old New Zealand boy has survived a 16-story plunge from the balcony of his family's apartment onto a concrete floor.

New Zealand media reported that the boy was out on a balcony before he fell, dropping through the roof of a parking garage onto the concrete in Manakau City.

He was in stable condition at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital with a broken wrist, a broken rib, gashed leg and internal injuries, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The newspaper said the garage roof - made of sheet iron and filled with insulation - may have broken his fall.

"God must have been with him. He's got an angel looking after him, that's for sure," housekeeper Kaa Wehi, who was working in the building at the time, told the newspaper.

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