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Posted 9/22/10
a 3 years old boy was rushed to the hospital. He fell from the 2nd floor, which made the relatives panic (wth, are they doing? They shouldn't let a 3 years old playing alone in the balcony).
At the first assessment, we found not even a tiny bruise. The child was sent for radiological diagnosis and found no broken bones.
After hours of monitoring, the child was sent home.
Could this child be some sort of super human?
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Posted 9/23/10
No kids bounce well, and generally do not contract muscles to take a hit or shock out before they hit. This cause far less damage to the body. Then again landing on the head or neck could spell death.
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Posted 9/23/10
'Yes Kids are more able to recover from falls than adults, as long as it is not on the head.. That kills adult and children the same. (Teens are safe in that case.. they don't use anything in the head anyhow. )
Posted 9/23/10 , edited 9/23/10
It's like an insect being dropped. It weighs so little that it can't be damaged much by the impact from hitting the ground.
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Posted 9/23/10
During world war II there was a few strange cases of individual bomber crews falling from heights of many thousands of feet sometimes still in a fragment of their plane sometimes with a failed or even no parachute. In these stories they survived with minor or even no injuries.

Conversely people have tripped on a rug edge, hit the corner of a table and died.

"There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio, than are dreamed of in thy philosophy"
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Posted 9/24/10
I am glad the boy made it out ok. He might have a innate fear of heights though.

Regarding the boy being super human, maybe we could ask the parents, did they found the boy in an asteroid. Have the boy started flying or shooting ice-creams out of his eyes. The world could do with a superhero or two.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiCCpLj1mys


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Posted 9/26/10
I ought to try jumping off buildings then, who knows, I might survive the fall too. :O
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Posted 9/27/10
i've read the replies. To fall from the bed, anatomy-wise i think a 3 year old would be okay. But from a 2nd storey? I fell from a height lesser than a 2nd storey and fell on sand with grass but broke a bone, i was six years old back then. Anyway, we will never now. There are still things that are hard to explain even with todays science
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Posted 10/5/10 , edited 10/5/10
Average 3 year old is 14.5 kg.

Force is calculated by Mass * Acceleration. Acceleration of gravity is 9.80 m/s^2, but that's without air resistance. With air resistance, it would be slightly lower.

Two stories is roughly 8 meters tall.

Since the infant has a low mass, he is likely to not create as much force to through his weight. In addition, if the baby lands straight on his back, the impact is spread out throughout his body and bones are less likely to break. Had he landed on his head only or feet, it would be a different story.

Secondly, infants are mostly body fat which is great at absorbing shock. In addition, babies have high body fat for this pure reason - to protect the baby.

Of course with that said, the fact that the baby came out unbruised is sort of situational based on genetics. I'll wager 20 dollars that the baby has above-average bone durability and body mass which results in his uninjury. Most infants at the age of 3 can survive a 2 story drop without any critical injuries assuming he/she is not malnourished or lands on head.


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Likewise, adults generally break their bones from falls because of improper bracing. When dropping from a height, one should either land straight on back or roll forward to transfer some of the force into horizontal motion. Then again, our instincts when falling is basically saying "OH SHIT OH SHIT", not "Do this and this".

Posted 10/5/10
Why did no one theorize that there was a trampoline below?
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