Who is Ruhi Asci? Man hailed as hero for saving 1-yr-old child falling from balcony in shocking video
The baby had reportedly been playing on the balcony of the first-floor apartment when he slipped and fell through the railings
In a shocking incident, a one-year-old toddler fell from the balcony in the northern Turkish city of Amasya. Closed-circuit television footage captured the terrifying incident. The toddler named Khatira Amiri dropped off the porch but survived as he bounced off the back of a stunned shopper on the ground below.
The baby boy had reportedly been playing on the balcony of the first-floor apartment when he slipped and fell through the railings. “They rolled off my back and hit the ground,” Ruhi Asci, the shopkeeper who saved the baby told the local news outlet, which occurred in the Haci Ilyas neighborhood in the northern Turkey city of Amasya.
The CCTV footage captured Asci standing on a sidewalk in front of the apartment complex. All of a sudden, Khatira falls from above and strikes him below the shoulders, before toppling onto the pavement. The video catches the little one landing on the pavement behind him, as an astonished-looking Asci then turns around to find baby Khatira sitting on the concrete next to him. All the bystanders gather around. As he goes to pick up the youngster, the child's Afghan-born mother comes running out from behind in a panicked state. The two rushed Khatira to a nearby hospital, the Amasya University Sabuncuoglu Serefeddin Education and Research Hospital, for further medical care.
Who is Ruhi Asci?
Asci is the shopkeeper who was standing outside of the complex. Asci painted the scene, describing, “At first, I thought a flower pot had fallen on me. When I turned around, I realized it was a child.” "They rolled off my back and hit the ground. A little blood came from their mouth and teeth", he added. He continued: "The ambulance arrived on the scene and they were taken to hospital with their mother."
People hailed Asci for being a savior for the baby. "Lucky lucky baby, also lucky guy cause that could have caused him injuries as well", one wrote to the news outlet. Another said: "My goodness that child was lucky"
While a third wrote: "Divine intervention. Lucky Baby." A fourth chimed in saying: "Little baby had an angel looking after him that day."
Reports have said that the tot is now in a stable condition in the company of the mother. It is unclear if the local authorities are investigating the incident.