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Man survives headfirst fall onto spike

Associated Press / May 31, 2010

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NEW YORK — A 21-year-old musician survived a fall from a New York City balcony in which his head became impaled on a spiked metal fence, police said.

Nicholas Blossom was intoxicated at a party in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood when he fell from a third-floor balcony at around 4 a.m. Saturday, investigators said. They said he landed headfirst on the fence of the second-floor balcony of an adjoining building.

Rescuers used an electric saw to free Blossom from the fence. He arrived at Bellevue Hospital with a section of railing still attached to his scalp.

He was initially in critical condition in the intensive care unit, but his condition was upgraded to stable yesterday, hospital officials said.

Doctors said his prognosis is good.

Blossom, who lives in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, plays drums in a rock band called Alaska Alaska.

He was born in Berkeley, Calif., and came to New York to intern at a recording studio, friends said.

Blossom’s parents flew in from California to be with him at the hospital.

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