Wall crumbles on boy - Philadelphia News

UNIVERSITY CITY - September 18, 2008 Family members say they heard a boom. The boom was a cinderblock wall crashing down on Aziz Small.

It's unclear exactly what happened, but it appears the 11-year-old and his brother were horsing around in his aunt's backyard when the blocks gave way, burying the boy up to his neck.

"We heard them screaming for help…and we ran outside," Geraldine Dupriest said.

"His head was bleeding because a brick hit him in the head and he had a big gash in his head," grandmother Juanita Small said.

For nearly five minutes, Small's mother pulled the 29 pound cinderblocks off her son, one by one.

He was rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

"He's stable. We thought he had internal bleeding, but he doesn't," Dupriest said.

Licenses and Inspections ordered the debris to be cleaned up and other walls in the yard deemed unsafe to be torn down.

One inspector says it's a miracle the boy wasn't killed.

Geraldine Dupriest says she didn't realize her wall was unsafe and now she and other relatives just pray her nephew will be okay.

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