A delivery driver in Vietnam is being called a hero after he miraculously caught a boy who fell off a 12th-floor balcony.
Nguyen Ngoc Manh, 31, was sitting in his van waiting to deliver a package to a Hanoi skyscraper complex on Sunday when he heard a child cry and a woman screaming overhead. He told the Anninhthudo news organization, according to the Evening Standard, that he initially ignored the commotion like a child having a tantrum.
But when Manh noticed that people on the street were panicking and yelling, he rolled down his window and looked up. To his horror, he saw a girl hanging 50 meters in the air, VN Express International reported.
The moving moment was captured on video and shared on social media.
Manh, himself a father, immediately jumped out of his truck. Trying to gauge where the girl might land, he climbed a 6-foot wall between where he was detained and the apartment complex.
“I scaled the wall and saw that it could fall onto the metal roof of the house that was used to store the complex’s electric generators, so I tried to climb on top,” Manh told VN Express. “I made it, but I couldn’t hold my ground as the roof was crooked.”
When the girl lost her grip on the balcony railing and plummeted, Manh slipped. But he lunged forward and, amazingly, caught the boy.
He wasn’t crying, he said, but blood was dripping from his mouth.
“She was a lot like my daughter at home. I was so confused that I could only say, ‘Please, please, I’m here now,’ ”Manh told VN Express International.
The girl was taken to a hospital, where doctors treated her for a hip dislocation, but said she had no other injuries. Manh twisted his arm when he caught her.
Many on social media praised Manh as a hero, but he told VN Express that he doesn’t care about the label. He said he just wants to “do good.”
He told Anninhthudo that he felt no consolation in his effort to save lives until he returned home to hug his own daughter, who is roughly the same age as the girl he saved, according to the Evening Standard.
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