Not all heroes wear capes and sometimes, there are everyday heroes in our lives.
This delivery man is one such hero. He saved a young child from falling to her death from the 12th floor with courage and some quick thinking.
On 28th February around 5pm, Nguyen Ngoc Manh (aged 31) was waiting in his car with a package for one of the residents. He heard a baby bawling, but assumed “she was being yelled (at) by her mothers“. That changed when he heard someone screaming for help.
“I stuck my head out of the car, looking around, and saw a girl climbing out of the balcony,” he recounted. “I plunged out of the car immediately and found ways to climb into the nearby building. I mounted on a 2-meter-high tile roof to seek a proper position to get the girl.” Mr. Manh’s plan was to prevent the toddler from falling to the ground, but luckily, she fell into his lap. As he cradled the child, he noticed blood leaking from her mouth and she was rushed to the nearest hospital.
The 2-year-old (although certain publications say she is 3), had broken her arm and leg in the fall, but had no life-threatening injury. While Mr. Manh only had a sprained wrist, he was still shaken after the rescue. “Everything happened within minutes. I didn’t understand how I could scale the roof that quickly. I couldn’t believe I saved the girl’s life,” he said in an interview with VN Express.
Chu Ngoc Anh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Hanoi awarded Mr. Manh a bonus and a certificate of honour for his bravery and quick thinking. According to Mr. Manh, the incident has also made him popular on social media, with his follower count increased rapidly. However, he doesn’t see himself as a hero, claiming to dislike the moniker. “I don’t see myself as a hero. I just want to do good,” he stated to VN Express.
Hero or not, we are grateful that people like Mr. Manh are willing to risk their lives for others.