A mother was caught on CCTV saving her son’s life thanks to her incredibly quick reaction. In the split second before her little boy fell from a fourth-floor balcony, she managed to grab his leg and put him to safety, saving his life in the process.
The mother and son are seen waiting outside a door at the Monserrate construction company office at the Laureles Colonial building in Medellin, Colombia, local publication El Espactador reported.
In the video, the little boy curiously heads toward the railing, extending his hands over what he thinks is a glass panel between the railings. It collapses on his knees and falls headfirst through the gap.
His mother looks up from his phone, having taken his eyes off him for a few seconds, before jumping into action, approaches him and grabs his leg, pulling him towards safety.
It has not been confirmed at this stage if the child was injured in the incident, but the clip that stops him leaves him fearing what might have happened if his mother hadn’t seen him just in time.
After the child falls, workers can be seen running towards the woman, helping her pull the child over the barrier. The delivery man, who can be seen coming out of the elevator with the two, runs downstairs, presumably anticipating that the child has fallen.
The video was posted on Reddit, with some users praising the mother and her reactions, and others blamed her for not paying attention. Others still said he should sue the company for not making it safe enough.
One person posted: “Considering that there must be glass or rails … this is a lawsuit waiting for it to happen.”
Another said: “It looks like there should have been glass. At first glance, the mom probably also thought of glass…”
A third person was happy that everyone was safe, writing, “I’m impressed by how quickly both the mom and helmet boy reacted. The bicycle messenger thought down the stairs almost instinctively. I’m glad there was a good result. ”
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