A New York window cleaner who survived a 47-storey fall from a skyscraper last month is making a gradual recovery – in what doctors say is a “miracle”. Alcides Moreno, 37, tumbled some 500ft (150m) to the ground in a scaffolding accident that killed his brother.

Mr Moreno suffered severe brain, spine and abdomen injuries and both his legs, his right arm and ribs were broken. But after undergoing a series of surgeries he is now awake, able to talk and is expected to walk again.

“If you are a believer in miracles, this would be one,” Dr Philip Barie, a surgeon at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital where Mr Moreno is being treated, was quoted as saying by the New York Times newspaper. “Above 10 floors, most of the time we never see the patients because they usually go to the morgue… this is right up there with those anecdotes of people falling out of airplanes and surviving,” Dr Barie said.

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