A 7 year-old kid in china who jumped from about 10 storeys using an umbrella as a parachute miraculously survived.
The kid jumped holding an umbrella after seeing a cartoon character parachute from a window doing the same thing.
While his apartment in Suzhou, Jiangsu is on the fifth floor, the height is equivalent to 10 storeys as the residences are penthouse duplexes, Chinese reports said.
However, it wasn’t the umbrella that saved the kid, but a power line 2-storey above the ground, before falling to the ground witnesses said.
His injuries were serious, but were no longer life threatening after emergency surgery, his doctor said.
He understood from relatives that the boy, who was not named, was watching a cartoon where a character used an umbrella as a parachute to jump from a height.
The boy was caught on a power line about two storeys from the ground before falling to the ground.
There have been other cases where children in China have hurt themselves while trying to imitate cartoon characters, sohu.com said.
A similar incident was reported in Urumqi in Xinjiang last month, when a 5-year-old girl also used an umbrella, but this time jumping from the 11th floor.
She reportedly landed on a balcony on the fourth floor and was rushed to the intensive care unit.
Last December, a girl tried to climb down the water pipes outside her apartment and fell five storeys. She was badly hurt.
She had missed her mother and wanted to go and look for her, but the front door was locked. She got the idea of climbing down the pipes from cartoons she had watched, the report said.
In another case in March last year, a 10-year-old girl used a saw on her five-year-old sister’s face after seeing it in a cartoon on television. The younger child was cut in the nose and face.