This is the viral image of an ambulance worker holding the hand of an orphaned baby who survived a head-on crash with a lorry that killed his parents.
The accident that killed Juan Pedro Menchon, 34, and his wife Ana Gabriela Diaz, 37, happened in the city of Canuelas, in the eastern Argentina province of Buenos Aires on Tuesday 29th December.
Walter Marcelo Brito, the ambulance worker who attended the emergency, shared on his Facebook profile a touching picture of him holding the hand of the baby with the message.
“This hand that my finger is holding is the hand of a wonderful being that was left alone in this world. The least thing I could do was to hold him and be by his side. God blesses him today and always. See you soon my new friend, I wish I can find you to hug you. I do not ask a lot, only a prayer for your recovery. Amen and thanks.”
The baby’s dad Juan Pedro was driving the car which for unknown reasons crossed into the opposite lane and crashed headfirst with an oncoming lorry.
Menchon died shortly after the impact, and his wife who was rushed to the emergency room of the regional hospital of Cuenca Alta with brain trauma died a few hours later.
Beltran Menchon, the baby, was taken to the municipal hospital of Canuelas and then taken on board of a helicopter to the hospital Sor Maria Ludovica in La Plata city, also in Buenos Aires province.
Local media reported that the baby had multiple bruises and a possible skull fracture but survived.
The driver of the lorry, identified as Andres Fabian Ponce, 51, was not injured but he was taken to the hospital to be treated for shock.
Local newspaper Cronica reported that the director of the hospital where the baby was attended, Hernan Charlon, has confirmed that the prayer appears to have been answered as the latest test shows that the baby has not suffered any brain damage from the crash.
There has been no word about the status of any police investigation into the crash.
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