Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a good samaritan catches a four-year-old girl as she falls off her balcony, saving her from serious injury.
The incident was filmed on CCTV as it unfolded in the northern Vietnamese city of Nam Dinh on the morning of Tuesday, 29th June.
The footage shows how the girl hangs off the first-floor balcony as several bikers pass by on the road below.
Some of them fail to notice the girl, and others spot her, but fail to stop to provide help.
Eventually, a passing cyclist spots the potential tragedy about to unfold and gets off his bike and stands beneath the girl in the nick of time before she loses her grip.
As she falls from a height of around 3.5 metres (11.5 ft) and her legs hit the pavement, he catches her so her torso avoids the collision, thereby saving her from serious injury.
The owner of the shop opposite the house, named Tran Huu Trong, had also spotted the danger and went over to the scene.
He later told reporters he asked for the man’s phone number so the girl’s parents could later thank him.
However, the man only replied “I don’t use a phone” before leaving the scene, leaving the girl under the care of Mr Trong before her mother arrived home around half an hour later.
The good samaritan was later identified as local resident Luong Thanh Ha, whom the girl’s family visited the following morning to thank him for his actions.
Mr Ha later humbly said: “My actions were not significant, nor do I want others to consider me a hero.”
The good samaritan also revealed he had shouted at others at the time to fetch a ladder, but had to catch the girl himself after she lost her grip before one could be brought.
According to reports, the girl had woken up that morning and become upset when she realised her parents were not at home, so she tried to leave the house by scaling the balcony.
She was taken to hospital later that day, where she was treated for minor injuries.