A 3-year-old boy survived a nearly 30-foot fall out his bedroom window in Bloomington, Minn. on Sunday morning, and his parents believe a garden hose may have softened the fall to save his life.
Neighbor Harice Bridgeman said his quiet time in prayer on Sunday morning was interrupted by a loud thud outside his window, that was 3-year-old Tyler Change landing on the ground.
“I was getting ready to go to church and first thing I heard was a kid go ‘ouch,’” Bridgeman said. “He was just crying for his father.”
Agnes Awino said her son was jumping alone on a bed near the window, pushed through the screen, and fell nearly 30 feet. Tyler's dad ran downstairs and comforted his son until emergency crews arrived. The miracle is that he somehow survived, only suffering minor cuts and bruises.
“That water hose I think broke his fall,” she said. “It’s miraculous that this small child did not sustain more injuries.”
Statistics show nearly 5,000 kids fall from windows each year, with injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to fatal head wounds. After getting 11 stitches on his head, Tyler is now back at home from the hospital and doing fine.
Police said this looked like an accident so no charges will be filed.
His parents said they're taking more safety precautions like installing a new screen on his window and keeping a closer eye on Tyler. In many cases, moving furniture away from windows or adding locks could prevent these accidents from happening.