Bronx Baby Survives 5-Story Fall

Doctors hopeful Xania Samuels, 14 months, will live
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2011 7:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 14-month-old girl fell out the fifth-story window of her family’s Bronx apartment yesterday, and her father didn’t realize it until at least seven minutes later—but miraculously, doctors are hopeful the tot will survive. There are no window guards in the apartment where Xania Samuels lives, and at the time of her plunge, her father was bathing her twin brother and her mother was at a Laundromat. She was found “laying lifelessly” on the ground underneath the apartment by a passing EMT, the New York Post reports.

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He first thought Samuels, surrounded by blood, was a doll but quickly called 911. Her father looked out the window soon after and discovered what had happened. The infant was rushed to the hospital with head trauma and was in critical condition as of yesterday afternoon. Fox News reports that her father believes a winter coat may have saved his daughter’s life: She insisted on wearing the heavily cushioned pink coat, her favorite, even though it was the hottest day of the year. (Click to read the tragic story of a model who died after plunging through a hotel window Saturday.)

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