A four-year old boy who plunged from a balcony on the ninth floor of an apartment block had a miraculous escape.

The little boy plunged from the ninth floor of this apartment block

The little boy plunged from the ninth floor of this apartment block

The little boy had been left on his own at home when he climbed onto the balcony, railing, before tumbling off, falling 80ft straight down. His mother had left him alone watching the television while she went out to do some shopping.

The tot had a lucky escape when his fall was broken by a bush; although both his legs were broken by the impact, he was lucky to survive at all.

The youngster was taken to a hospital in the city of Saint-Etienne where he lives; he has been treated for a serious head injury, as well as his broken legs, but expected to make a good recovery.

Authories in France are investigating the incident but the mother has not been arrested at this time.