Two good Samaritans helped rescue a 3-year-old boy who was hanging by his neck from an anti-theft grille on a second-floor window.
The boy was playing by the window of his Southern China home when he fell through the gap and got stuck. People on the street below noticed and two men, Li Weizhong and Guo Zeyong, climbed on a narrow ledge below the window to save the boy, Chenzhou news network reported, via Dailymail.
The two men held the boy up so that he wouldn’t suffocate for about 20 minutes until the boy’s family arrived and pulled the boy from the grille.
The boy was scared, but unharmed.
Li is a nearby building materials store operator while Guo is a former soldier. Both knew the family of the boy.
The boy’s parents were reportedly away for work. He and his 5-year-old brother are cared for by their grandparents, living in Zixing city in Hunan Province. This is a common situation in China, where people often have to move for work, but have a hard time bringing their family with them due to a restrictive household registration system.
Last year, a 2-year-old boy survived an even more dramatic accident.
Surveillance cameras captured the boy falling out of a moving minivan in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, on the morning of Feb. 27, 2016.
The 2-year-old boy had fallen out of the back door as it slowly opened, onto the middle 0f the road.
The car behind the minivan drove over the child and then stopped.
After quickly realizing what had transpired, the family stopped the minivan and got out to rescue the child, who was later taken to a hospital for treatment.
According to local officials, the child sustained only minor injuries.