Miraculous Moment Toddler Is Saved From Six-Floor Fall
A toddler, 3, was saved by a group of people who used a blanket to break his fall from a six-floor apartment balcony in southwest China.
The incident took place at a residential community in the Chongqing Municipality on Monday and was recorded by people at the scene.
In the nail-biting video, the toddler is shown clinging to the edge of a balcony.
As he tries to get himself back up to the side, his feet keep slipping.
The neighbours quickly gather down below, form a circle and hold out a blanket as the toddler plunges towards the pavement.
"I looked up and saw a little child was dangling up there," Zhu Yanhui, an employee of a local property management company said. "My first reaction was to find something to catch him.
"I thought about rushing over there and catch him with my bare hands, but that would not have worked," he continued.
The rescuers included homeowners, staff members from the property management company, security guards as well as sanitation workers.
They jointly opened the blanket and waited for the boy's inevitable fall.
"I held out the blanket along with others all the while keeping my eyes on the child. I looked at the blanket wondering whether we could catch him safely. My only thought was to keep him safe," said Zhu.
Fortunately, the boy landed safely on the blanket.
"I was there at the moment and helped hold out the blanket. Ten seconds later, the boy fell. It all happened so fast," said Zhou Xiaobo, another staff member.
A neighbour picked up the boy who was then taken to the hospital despite not suffering any injuries.
The boy was left alone at his home at the time while his grandmother went out for groceries, according to the police.