A 4-year-old boy was in critical condition Tuesday after surviving a 200-foot-plus fall off a northern California cliff. Sebastion Johnson was in an induced coma after he tumbled off the cliff during a family hike and picnic at Bodega Bay on the Sonoma County coast, according to the Press Democrat.
He fell to the bottom of the cliff, missing the water by a few feet. Johnson was with his mother Janie Guglielmino when he was injured Monday. The family had been throwing stones into the sea and whale watching. Johnson was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in stable condition with a compound leg fracture, a broken wrist, two skull fractures and two smaller face fractures, according to his father Daryl Johnson. He was later transferred to Oakland Hospital, where he underwent surgery and a blood transfusion.
"I was preparing myself going down to find the worst," said firefighter and paramedic Marco Barros, who helped rescue the boy. "He wasn't really talking, but I said, 'You know, if you like Spider-Man or superheroes, you know, just try and think of them,' and just tried to keep him awake and moaning."
Barros said that surviving such a fall is nearly impossible. "It's still really hard to believe that," said Barros. "If it happened a hundred times, I don't think it would be a good outcome. It was like the one time. It seemed like somebody was on his side."
Daryl Johnson said he and his wife are not negligent parents: "She couldn’t catch him fast enough.... I never wanted any of my children to get hurt."
He said his son's survival was a miracle. "He's very stubborn, a little fighter, and that's why I'm very proud of him," Johnson told ABC News.
Also recently, a 23-year-old woman slipped climbing rocks at Bodega Bay and fell about 20 feet Saturday. She was rescued by a helicopter and had moderate injuries.
"If you are unfamiliar with the area, stay away from the cliffs,” said Jason Downing, acting captain at the Bodega Bay fire department. “The edges are deceiving.”
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