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Teen’s miraculous recovery from balcony fall

The 16-year-old was trying to climb up an apartment block on Mounts Bay Road.

A Brookdale teenager who fell from a five-storey balcony and landed on his face has stunned doctors with his miraculous recovery.

Noah Bahigwa was not expected to survive after doctors revealed the 16-year-old’s skull was smashed into pieces and had caved in.

“His bruised brain was actually leaking out through a hole at the base of his skull and out his nasal passage,” Royal Perth Hospital neurosurgeon Dr Arul Bala said.

Noah Bahigwa says he’s grateful to be alive.
Noah Bahigwa says he’s grateful to be alive.Picture: 7 Nes

“He landed onto his face, mainly onto the right side of his face and eye socket so that took the vast majority of the force of the fall.”

The teen was injured when he tried to climb up to an apartment where he was staying on Mounts Bay Road.

“When I got to the fifth floor, I slipped and just hit the ground,” Noah Bahigwa said.

Noah won his fight for life.
Noah won his fight for life.Picture: 7 News

The first part of Noah’s recovery was focused on keeping him alive, he was unable to breathe on his own and took four days before he could open his eyes.

After waking up, Noah underwent extensive rehabilitation to get his brain functioning normally again.

“I feel very lucky, yeah real lucky,” he said.

The distance Noah fell.
The distance Noah fell.Picture: 7 News

“God was there for me, he saved me real good.”

Noah still can’t see out of his right eye and is unsure if his vision will ever come back.

His mum is simply grateful the 16-year-old has survived.

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