3-year-old boy falls from third-story balcony in Hialeah

Bush breaks child's fall, possibly saving his life, witnesses say

HIALEAH, Fla. – A 3-year-old boy was seriously hurt after he fell from a third-story balcony Sunday in Hialeah, officials said.

Witnesses told Local 10 News that the boy landed in a bush, breaking his fall and possibly saving his life.

Capt. David Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Hialeah Fire Department, said the boy was awake and alert when paramedics arrived about 1:30 p.m. at an apartment building in the 900 block of West 74th Street.

"If I fell from that height, I think I would die," neighbor Daniel Calderon said in Spanish.

The boy was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Rodriguez said the boy's back may have been injured.

It was unclear what led to the child's fall. But firefighters used the case as opportunity to remind parents to keep a close eye on their children.