A man was impaled in the groin area when he fell from a first-floor balcony on to a steel fence in inner Melbourne early today.
A Metropolitan Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the man, in his early 20s, fell from the balcony of a terrace house in Rathdowne Street, Carlton, about 3.45am.
He was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.
Metropolitan Fire Brigade station officer Craig Calwell said the man freed himself with the aid of emergency crews.
"We didn't use any rescue equipment. We supported him and he freed himself from the fence," he said.
"He suffered a wound in the groin area and lost a bit of blood. It was quite unfortunate."