'Miracle Baby' Heals at Mpls. Home, Parents Call for Safety Improvements

Updated: 05/27/2014 7:52 AM
Created: 05/26/2014 9:00 PM
By: Beth McDonough

There's an emotional, yet cautious, homecoming for a toddler who nearly died when he plummeted from a high rise apartment complex in Minneapolis on Mother’s Day.

Incredibly, the boy is now home from the hospital, and his family is calling for safety improvements.

Fifteen-month-old Musa Dayib is now better known to the rest of us as the Miracle Baby.

"We believe angels catch him and reduce his risk," his grandmother, Aisha Said, said.

When his health improved enough, doctors let Musa finish healing at home. He still wears a body brace and casts on his tender arms for protection. 

"I was afraid to bring him home," father Gulad Ahmed said. That's after a frightening 11-story fall from the balcony of their apartment. 

It's an accident doctors insist would be fatal for adults. Yet, because of his young age and landing on a soft spot covered in mulch, Musa's injuries were serious, but he survived.

"No other kid deserves what happened to my kid, and I hope the owner of these buildings changes the lock on the railing," Ahemd said.

Right now, a piece of wood -- 2 by 4 inches wide and cut to fit into a groove of the sliding door -- is all that's keeping the entrance to the balcony sealed shut. Musa's father says that's not childproof. 

Half the units in Riverside Plaza have balconies. Sherman Associates owns the building and promised improvements earlier this month. "We're looking for more permanent locks," George Sherman said, adding they are looking to add security latches or replace the railing.

Musa somehow slipped through. "It was devastating, plus a miracle," said Ahmed.

The Minneapolis city inspector says the building is to up code and has no history of violations.

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