Sunday, November 14, 2010
Miracle man who survived 39-story plunge is up and about like nothing happened
Every step, every breath - a miracle.
A young man who jumped from the 39th floor of a Manhattan high-rise this summer and survived is at home, seemingly unscathed by his death-defying plunge.
Thomas Magill, 22, answered the door of his parents' Staten Island home last week and gave a spirited verbal thumbs-up.
"I'm doing good," Magill told the Daily News.
Magill, an actor who starred in an off-Broadway production of "Into The Woods," sneaked into the West Side building where he once lived. Police said he walked out onto the balcony on Aug. 31 and jumped - only to have a parked red Dodge Charger break his fall.
"It's a miracle," said one stunned neighbor who declined to give her name. "I asked his mom how Thomas was doing and she told me he was making a full recovery, that he would be fine."
Magill shattered much of his lower body when he crashed through the back window of the sports car. He was initially listed in critical condition at St. Luke's Hospital. During a series of surgeries, doctors inserted rods in his legs, rebuilt an ankle and stopped massive internal bleeding.
The LaGuardia High School graduate walked with ease on Friday, briskly getting into a car at the family home. He declined to answer questions about his dramatic suicide bid.
Magill isn't the city's only miracle man. Window washer Alcides Moreno survived a 43-story fall from an East Side building on Dec. 7, 2007. His wife told The News in September that he's walking and talking, but suffers serious mental problems.