'Miracle baby' still critical after fall; community pushes for building changes

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The boy who fell 11 stories from the balcony of a Minneapolis apartment building has been dubbed a "miracle baby" by his doctors, but the incident has the boy's family – and the community – pushing for change.

On Sunday night, while 15-month-old Musa Dayib's mother was running errands, his father turned away for a moment and Musa crawled out onto the balcony, somehow squeezed through the railing, his family believes, and tumbled to the ground, according to reports. Musa's 3-year-old sister had reportedly opened the door to the balcony.

"[His parents] feel like they failed," Abdirahim Amed, the boy's uncle, told FOX 9. "But they haven't failed because that's their kids, and things happen."


Doctors say Musa was lucky – he landed on a patch of mulch, which doctors believe helped save his life, reports say.

He's in critical, but stable condition at the hospital, hooked up to a machine that's breathing for him. He suffered serious injuries that include two broken arms, bruised lungs, a fractured back and a concussion, KARE 11 reports.

"I don't think my brother and his wife will recover from this. They really torture themselves," Ahmed said, according to KARE 11.

Amed and community leaders gathered together Tuesday night to discuss safety improvements at the Riverside Plaza apartment complex in hopes of preventing something like this from happening again.

"We cannot argue about what happened, we have to focus on how to protect the rest of the kids that stay here, there's something that needs to be done," Ahmed said, according to FOX 9.

Sherman Associates, the group that owns and manages the building, offers blocks to prevent children from opening balcony doors, but they say they'll look into a permanent fix – like adding childproof latches above where the child can reach, reports say.

The building owners say they have received a number of requests for door blocks since the accident, KARE 11 reports.

Sherman Associates said the locks and balcony doors were replaced a few years ago and they had no maintenance requests or reports of damage to the apartment where the boy fell from the balcony, KARE 11 reports.

Officials still aren't sure how Musa slipped through the railing and police are calling it an accident, KSTP says.

City leaders say the building is up to code – including the height and space between the bars on the balcony railings – and when the building was constructed, it exceeded building requirements at the time.

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