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Toddler Falls 7 Stories, Bounces off Awning, Caught by Passerby

PARIS, France (KTLA) -- A 18-month boy appeared unhurt after falling seven stories and bouncing off an awning into a man's arms, witnesses told Le Parisien newspaper.

Witnesses said the child and a sibling had been left alone briefly Monday in their seventh-floor apartment.

Somehow, the toddler fell out a window, but a boy on the street saw what was happening and alerted his father, who caught the child after he bounced off the awning of a tobacco shop and cafe on the building's ground floor, the paper reported.

"My son saw a little boy on a balcony. He had gone right outside the railing... I said to myself I mustn't miss him," local doctor Philippe Bensignor, told AFP, recounting Monday's drama.

"I had time to move from side to side to get in the right position," he added.

"The little boy was fine. He cried a little bit but calmed down straightaway."

The man with the quick reflexes and good hands, a doctor, looked over the child and didn't find any injuries, but handed her off to an ambulance crew to be safe, according to Le Parisien.

As it turns out the awning was supposed to be closed, but because of a mechanical glitch the awning was stuck in the open position.,0,1652345.story

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Added: Nov-6-2010 Occurred On: Nov-2-2010
By: Zipper10
Tags: Toddler, falls, balcony, survives, caught, passerby, PARIS, France
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