A delivery driver in Vietnam is being called a hero after he miraculously caught a toddler who fell from a 12th-floor balcony.
Nguyen Ngoc Manh, 31, was sitting in his truck, waiting to deliver a package to a residence in Hanoi on Sunday, Feb 28, when he heard a child crying and a woman screaming overhead.
He said that he initially brushed off the commotion as just a kid having a tantrum.
But when Manh noticed people on the street panicked and shouting, he rolled down his window and looked up. To his horror he saw a little girl dangling 164-feet in the air, VN Express International reported.
The heart-stopping moment was captured on video and shared on social media.
Manh, a father himself, immediately exited his truck. Trying to gauge where the girl may land, he climbed a 6-foot wall between where he was stopped and the apartment complex.
“I scaled the wall and saw that she could fall onto the metallic roof of the house used to store electric generators for the complex, so I tried to climb on top of it,” Manh told VN Express.
“I made it, but couldn’t stand firmly, as the roof was crooked.”
Although Mr Manh positioned himself to catch the baby and prevent her from falling on the ground, he says it was incidental that she fell on his lap.
“I tried to reach out my hand and took the maximum effort to catch the girl, so when the baby falls, I just can ward her off so that she would not fall directly to the ground. Luckily, the baby fell into my lap,” he says.
As the girl lost her grip on the balcony railing and started falling, Manh slipped. But he flung himself forward and caught the toddler.
Mr Manh said: “Everything happened within a minute. I didn’t understand how I could scale the roof that quickly. I couldn’t believe I saved the girl’s life.”
“She looked so much like my child at home. I was so confused, only able to tell her, ‘Please, please, I’m here now,’” Manh told VN Express International.
The little girl was taken to a hospital, where doctors treated her for a dislocated hip, but said she had no other injuries.
Manh sprained his arm catching her.
Many on social media hailed Manh as a hero, “I don’t see myself as a hero. I just want to do good,” he said.