This is the astonishing moment a heroic delivery driver caught a two-year-old girl who fell from a 12th storey balcony in Vietnam. Nguyen Ngoc Manh, 31, was sitting in his truck waiting to deliver a package in Hanoi on Sunday when he saw the toddler hanging off the high-rise building and clinging onto the edge with one hand. The father-of one reacted instinctively and raced out of his car and climbed onto a tile roof at the bottom level of the building to get into a better position to be able to catch the girl. In a heart-stopping moment, video footage shows the two-year-old lose her grip before plunging to the ground from 164 feet but somehow Manh was able to reach for the girl, who fell onto his lap.
‘I was sitting in the car and waiting to deliver some belongings for a client in the opposite building when I heard a child crying – I just thought that the baby had been scolded by their parents,’ Manh told local newspaper Anninhthudo. ‘However, soon after, I heard someone screaming for help. I stuck my head out of the car, looked around, and saw the girl climbing out of the balcony. ‘I jumped out of the car immediately, trying to find ways to climb the nearby building. I mounted on a two-metre-high tile roof to seek a proper position to get the girl.’
But the roof was crooked and as Manh stood on it, he lost his footing – and at the same time the toddler suddenly lost her grip and began falling. Manh flung himself forward to catch her and somehow she landed perfectly on his lap, the impact leaving a dent in the roof, but when Manh hugged the girl in delight, he saw that blood was leaking from her mouth. But when Manh hugged the girl in delight, he saw that blood was leaking from her mouth. The toddler (pictured) was taken to a nearby hospital The toddler was taken to the nearby National Children’s Hospital and was treated for a dislocated hip, according to local media reports. Meanwhile, Manh, who has been hailed a hero by locals, suffered a slight sprain in his arm.
Since the incident, Manh revealed he acted instinctively as he has a daughter of his own who is also two-years-old. When the incident happened I did not think much,’ he said. ‘Seeing the baby I immediately thought of my daughter at home and hurriedly tried to save her. Everything happened within a minute, he told VN Express. I didn’t understand how I could scale the roof that quickly. I couldn’t believe I saved the girl’s life. Manh’s life has ‘turned upside down’ since saving the toddler from death and he has received thousands of positive messages on social media. My life has not just changed – my life has turned upside down. Normally my Facebook posts draw only a few dozen responses, now I get tens of thousands, he said. Manh is humble about his brave act and said: ‘I don’t see myself as a hero. I just want to do good.’