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Toddler falls 10 stories, caught by woman

Associated Press / July 4, 2011

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BEIJING - A 2-year-old girl left unattended fell 10 stories from her family’s apartment window and survived after being caught by a woman passing by, Chinese state media reported yesterday.

The toddler was in critical condition 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, Zhang Fangyu, was in the care of her grandmother Saturday afternoon when the woman left the 10th-floor apartment outside the eastern city of Hangzhou to run an errand, CCTV said.

Neighbors saw the child dangling from the apartment window for several minutes, Xinhua said, and when she fell, Wu Juping kicked off her high-heel shoes and ran to her.

“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 Wu.

A 31-year-old mother, Wu told CCTV that when she saw the girl she thought of her 7-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 Wu unconscious and sent her crumbling to the ground along with breaking her left arm, the reports said.

CCTV quoted an unidentified doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Zhejiang Hospital as saying that a scan showed no damage to the child’s brain but her abdomen was swollen in a sign of possible injury to organs.

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