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Heroic Vietnamese Driver Catches Girl Who Fell 160 Feet From Balcony

Driver Nguyen Ngoc Manh, 31, was sitting in his vehicle Sunday evening, waiting to make a delivery at a high-rise complex, when he heard a child crying. He assumed that he was just hearing a kid throwing a tantrum, but then he started to hear people screaming.

When Manh rolled down his window and saw a child dangling about 160 feet above the street, he emerged from his truck and sprung into action.

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As a father of two, Manh felt obligated to do something.

He scaled a six-foot wall that was between his truck and the building, looking for a safe place for the little girl to land.

“I scaled the wall and saw that she could fall onto the metallic roof of the house used to store electric generators for the complex, so I tried to climb on top of it… I made it, but couldn’t stand firmly as the roof was crooked.”

Nguyen Ngoc Manh

Right when the girl dropped, Manh lost his footing on the roof. In a last-ditch effort, he flung himself toward her, managing to catch the girl and break her fall. 

Manh shared that the little girl was in shock, she was not even crying, just bleeding from her mouth.

He handed the shocked little girl over to a security guard and they immediately rushed her to the hospital. Doctors report that the girl dislocated her hip, but suffered no other injuries.

“I didn’t think about it much back then, but now I’m happy for doing something meaningful. After saving the girl, I left without leaving a phone number, though the girl’s family managed to contact me anyway to inform me of the girl’s health status.”

Nguyen Ngoc Manh

Mahn walked away from the valiant moment with minor injuries as well, only pulling some of his arm muscles.

While he is being offered rewards for his heroic effort, he is turning all of them down, insisting that he was just doing the right thing.

“Some have sent me money via my phone number. This disorientates me. I don’t want to receive any money I haven’t earned by myself… I don’t see myself as a hero, I just want to do good.”

Nguyen Ngoc Manh
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Written by Abigale Racine