Toddler who survived fall from Minneapolis balcony that resulted in brother's death set to make a full recovery
While 2-year-old Abdiquani Abdi died from the fall, one-and-a-half-year-old Abdirizak is now back home at his family's apartment, smiling and playing with his colorful blocks
On May 2, two little boys fell from their south Minneapolis apartment balcony onto a landing, then tumbled three storeys to the ground. Two-year-old Abdiquani Abdi died from the fall. But the grieving family has found a ray of hope after the accident that not only made headlines but also broke hearts.
According to WNM, one-and-a-half-year-old Abdirizak, who was rushed to Hennepin Healthcare, is now back home at his family's apartment, smiling and playing with his colorful blocks. Grad Darhir, a close family friend, sat beside him and spoke on behalf of the boy's father.
"Starting with the mother, father, and everyone from his family, friends, people are very glad to see Abdirizak with us today. And he is with us, this interview, smiling, sharing. It’s amazing. It’s a miracle!" said translator Darhir. "We have accepted it, everybody has accepted it and whatever we have, whatever the family has is just to thank to Allah."
Darhir also said that despite having three broken ribs and a head fracture, the child is set to make a full recovery from the tragic fall that took away the life of his older brother. "His brain, his organs are perfectly fine," Darhir clarified.
However, there are still some scars on the young one that may not be visible at first glance. "He's just running around, trying to find his sibling, his brother. He doesn't know what to say, and he doesn't know what happened, but he knows something is wrong," he said.
Although nothing will be perfectly right for the family henceforth, things are better knowing that Abdirizak is better. "For every parent to be very careful. It could happen to anyone and we don’t want to lose anyone. We have to be very careful as much as possible," he added.
The grieving family's porch is now protected by a metal grate, acting as a constant reminder of how much they lost. But on the flip side, Abdirizak's smile is a reminder of how much they still have. The landlord of the building also shared that he will continue to grate and cover every single one of the balconies in hopes that this never happens again.
According to reports, the family is facing major medical bills as Abdirizak continues to recover. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them.
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