Toddler Falls 10 Stories—and Woman Catches Her

Impact breaks woman's arm
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 3, 2011 5:32 PM CDT
Buildings are cloaked by heavy fog in the city of Hangzhou; the apartment building the girl reportedly fell from was outside the city.   (AP Photo/Color China Photo)

(Newser) – A two-year-old Chinese girl left unattended fell 10 stories from her family's apartment window yesterday—and survived after being caught by a woman passing by, state media reported today. The girl, named Zhang Fangyu but known by the nickname Niu Niu, was in the care of her grandmother yesterday afternoon when the older woman left the 10th-floor apartment outside the eastern city of Hangzhou to run an errand. Neighbors saw Niu Niu dangling from the apartment window for several minutes; when the girl fell, Wu Juping "kicked off her high-heeled shoes" and ran to catch the child.

A 31-year-old mother, 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 broke Wu's left arm and knocked her out, sending her crumbling to the ground; the toddler is in critical condition with internal bleeding and other unspecified injuries.

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