The incident happened on Sunday in a south China county. It was believed that the one-year-old baby went looking for his mother, but somehow climbed onto a second-story window during a heavy thunderstorm.
A video of the incident posted by Euronews shows the heroic man racing underneath the window as he motioned for the young boy to climb back into the window. The video, which is focused on the ground level, shows a frantic scene with a crowd gathering to try to save the child.
As several others try to soften the baby’s landing with what appears to be a leather footrest and another placing a cardboard box, the man positioned himself to catch the falling baby.
A report on the YouTube video of the incident shares more details:
Mr. Li, a resident, hurried across the road and held out his arms, according to the surveillance video footage, in the hope of catching the falling baby.
Mr. Hu, also a local resident, also rushed to the site to join in the rescue, along with other nearby residents who put several pieces of cardboard and a sofa on the ground under the window, the video footage showed.
After the heroic man caught the baby, a woman was seen rushing off with the boy cradled in her arms.
“I didn’t think too much at the time. I was just afraid of failing to catch him. Some people put down cardboard to avoid serious injuries to the baby if I fail to catch him,” said Li.
This is not the first incident lately of a heart-stopping rescue for a falling baby. Last summer, 10-year-old Zna Gresham saved the life of a one-month-old baby dropped from the second floor of a burning apartment building in Decatur, Georgia.
Gresham’s family responded to cries for help from a family trapped in an upstairs apartment as flames spread in the building. The family dropped their children, which include a two-year-old and three-year-old. While both adults and the older children suffered minor injuries in the fall, Zna was able to save the infant in what authorities said was a life-saving catch.
The infant who fell from a window in China is reportedly doing fine, and the man who caught him is being hailed as a hero.