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Toddler not hurt after falling from window in Germantown

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GERMANTOWN, Md. (WJLA) - It's funny how life can alter perspective. Take the Gueli family, who for the first time Friday, smiled at the pitch of pouting of their crying child.

On Thursday evening, their 20-month-old toddler Jason had just climbed into a crib, leaned against a screen and plummeted out a third floor window in Germantown without a single shrub or tree limb to break his fall.

Paramedics fearing internal injuries placed Jason into a medical helicopter bound for Children's hospital.

Amazingly, he wasn’t hurt.

Neighbors who assumed the worst are now left to marvel at a child's resilience. Jason's dad saying it was a fall to grace.

"I'm so happy - so happy,” says Jason’s father Ayai Gueli. “I just want to be with them."

Apartment management spent part of Friday morning inspecting the window.

Friday afternoon, Jason left for his pediatrician who, like the hospital, gave him a clean bill of health.

"It's a blessing, it's the only way you can describe something like this, a fall from that height with nothing to break the child's fall, it's a blessing," says Montgomery County Fire Dept. Assistance Chief Scott Graham.

"I said, god help me, god help me. Finally god helped me, god helped me."

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