Suicidal New York man leaps, but saved by garbage pile
A would-be suicide athlete in New York was alive on Monday after leap from a ninth-floor window but corridor in a giant heap of compost uncollected since the city's huge blizzard a week ago.

Vangelis Kapatos, 26, was hospitalized in critical but stable situation after jumping from his apartment building on West 45th Street on Sunday daylight, authorities said.

Hygiene workers have not composed trash since the December 26 storm dumped more than a foot and a half of snow on the city. Mounds of garbage several feet high line many sidewalks.

"One and all are belligerent that the trash hasn't been picked up," Kapatos' aunt said on Monday New York. "But me, I'm appreciative that it was by no means picked up."

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