A toddler fell from her fifth-story bedroom window in New York City and miraculously landed on an awning, escaping the ordeal with just a bruise on her arm.
According to the New York Daily News, mother Kelley Dzyuba heard screams from her daughter Audrianna’s bedroom in their Bronx apartment Friday night and ran into the bedroom to find the window open, and her daughter missing.
When Dzyuba looked out, she saw her daughter atop the green canvas awning—which measures only eight feet across and twenty feet long—that covers the entrance to their apartment building.
Dzyuba said that Audrianna often sits on the sill of her bedroom window, which is always secured with a latch that the toddler cannot open. But earlier in the evening, Audrianna’s cousin, Isabelle Goff, 17, who shares a bedroom with the toddler, opened the window to listen to the rain.
Goff had gone into the dining room to get a slice of pizza. Upon hearing a thundering sound followed by cries from outside, the teen returned to the bedroom, looked out the window, saw Audrianna on the awning below, and screamed.
“My heart sank and it hasn’t come back up yet. It’s an absolute miracle,” said Dzyuba who heard the commotion from an adjacent room.
Father Aleks Dzyuba hurried down to the building’s entrance, but could not reach Audrianna, who was atop the awning, crying.
The toddler was pulled to safety by a second-floor neighbor whose window is positioned next to the awning, and the child was taken to the Jacobi Medical Center.
Aleks Dzyuba joked that he was the one who needed the hospital bed, while Audrianna was up and about, having escaped the ordeal with just a bruise on her arm.
Just hours before Audrianna’s fall, the Dzyubas received a notice recommending the installation of safety bars over the windows. Having recently moved the apartment, they were reportedly unaware that they needed window guards.
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