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Toddler Who Survived Balcony Fall That Killed Brother to Make Full Recovery

Kareena Koirala
Jun 02, 2019
06:42 A.M.
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A family from Minneapolis received a glimmer of hope after their one child made a recovery following a 55 feet fall from their balcony apartment.

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2-year-old Abdiqani Abdi and his brother, one-year-old Abdirizak, fell out of their apartment balcony and landed three stories below on the ground on May 2.

While Abdiqani did not survive the fall, Abdirizak suffered injuries and was quickly taken to Hennepin Healthcare.

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The younger child has now finally recovered from his injuries and was sent home by the hospital. He is now back with his family, full of smiles.

Speaking on behalf of the boy’s father, Grad Darhir, a close family friend, explained that Abdirizak’s recovery is a “miracle.”

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“We have accepted it, everybody has accepted it and whatever we have, whatever the family has is just to thank to Allah,” he stated.

Darhir revealed that everyone in the family was delighted that the child was back in the house, sitting during the interviews, smiling, and even sharing.

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Despite suffering three broken ribs and a head fracture, Abdirizak is now set to make a speedy recovery. Darhir confirmed that his brain and his organs were fine.

He also mentioned that Abdirizak was “running around” and “trying to find his sibling” after returning home. The child does not remember what exactly happened but realizes that “something is wrong.”

Following the tragedy that struck them, the family now intends to send out a message for others to remain careful. “It could happen to anyone and we don’t want to lose anyone,” Darhir said.

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The source further reported that the family’s porch now has a metal grate that guards the balcony. The landlord has now vowed to grate each balcony so that no other family may suffer the same fate.

Previously, Dahrir also spoke on behalf of the family immediately after the tragedy struck. He admitted that the family were in a “tough situation” but, being Muslims, were taking solace in their “faith.”

Police reports confirmed that the cause of the children’s fall was nothing but the children themselves.

Earlier this month, another young boy also lost his life in a similar tragic situation after falling from a height of around 100 feet while attempting a “free solo.”  

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