Toddler Falls From Window, Is Caught by Passing Man

Luigi Barbanera hailed as hero
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2013 12:08 PM CST
Toddler Falls From Window, Is Caught by Passing Man
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A 23-month-old boy fell from a second-floor window in Italy last week, but fortunately for him, Luigi Barbanera was passing by at the exact right moment. Barbanera, a former goalkeeper and current penitentiary officer, saw the toddler learning over the ledge and quickly positioned himself underneath, the Huffington Post reports, citing local media. Neighbors and passers-by contacted police and tried to tell the boy to stay on the ledge, the Local reports, but he eventually fell—and was caught by Barbanera. Both were knocked to the ground, but amazingly, Barbanera's body cushioned the tot's fall and neither was injured. The boy's mother had left him sleeping for a few minutes while she hung up laundry. (Read more Italy stories.)

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