Passer-by catches toddler who fell 10 storeys

July 4, 2011 - 10:33AM

A two-year-old Chinese girl left unattended fell 10 storeys from her family's apartment window and survived after being caught by a woman passing by, state media reported.

The toddler was in a critical condition on Sunday with internal bleeding and other unspecified injuries while the woman who saved her suffered a broken arm, China Central Television and the Xinhua News Agency said.

The girl, named Zhang Fangyu but known by the nickname Niu Niu, was in the care of her grandmother in the apartment outside the city of Hangzhou, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, on Saturday afternoon.

Wu Juping ... caught a falling toddler.

Wu Juping ... caught a falling toddler.

The woman left to run an errand, CCTV said.

Neighbours saw the girl dangling from the apartment window for several minutes and, when the girl fell, Wu Juping "kicked off her high-heeled shoes" and ran to catch the child, Xinhua said.

"It was so urgent. I saw her when she was about to fall and rushed there, and after tens of seconds she fell off," CCTV quoted Ms Wu as saying.

A toddler fell out a window in this building.

A toddler fell out a window in this building.

A 31-year-old mother, Ms Wu told CCTV that when she saw the hanging girl she thought of her own seven-month-old son who had once fallen from a high chair and cut his mouth.

"I thought to myself, 'I should stretch my arms to her. Because I am right here, I must get her.' Then I made it. I caught her in my arms."

The impact knocked Ms Wu out and left her on the ground with a broken left arm, the reports said.

CCTV quoted an unidentified doctor at the Children's Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine as saying that a scan showed no damage to Niu Niu's brain but that the girl's abdomen was swollen in a sign of possible injury to organs.

Jin Dengfeng, director of a hospital in Fuyang city, which offered to treat Ms Wu free of charge when it heard of her actions, said the woman had risked her life by breaking the child's fall.

"She could have died or been paralysed for life if the child had hit her head or her back," he said.

Ms Wu said that because of her injury she would be forced to stop breastfeeding her son earlier than planned.

"I don't regret anything that happened," she was quoted as saying.

"I just hope that Niu Niu will recover."