Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Suicidal man jumps from 9 stories but saved by garbage
This could only happen in New York City. Vangelis Kapatos felt his world was coming apart before a Manhattan suicide leap that he survived by landing on garbage piled up after the blizzard, relatives said Monday.
The 26-year-old had long battled depression and was struggling with a romantic breakup and his parents' declining health when he suddenly faced eviction from his childhood home.
He suffered a spinal cord injury in the nine-story fall and was in a medically induced coma at Bellevue Hospital. He underwent surgery Sunday, and is expected to have further surgery. He is likely to be paralyzed.