Sometimes, you’re in the right place at the right time. That couldn’t be truer for Tonik Turghanbek, who saved a young boy on May 23, 2019, when he fell from a five-story building in Yining, China. The boy could have easily died, but luckily, Turghanbek saw what was happening and hurried to the rescue just in the nick of time.
Just A Normal Day
It was a normal, typical day for Tonik Turghanbek, who had just driven his car up to Yining, China’s Renhe Residential District. The 28-year-old stepped out of his car, but then he suddenly jerked his body in another direction when he spotted something he never expected to see. To his amazement, a toddler had plunged from a window in an adjacent, multi-story residential building. He was falling to the sidewalk near Turghanbek and the man didn’t think anything more before leaping to the rescue.
Turghanbek rushed to the asphalt and tried to position himself where the toddler would land. He thrust his arms outward to catch the child. He didn’t know if he would catch him, but he was going to try his best to save the toddler’s life. “The moment I saw it, he was already falling,” Turghanbek said. “I thought of nothing at the moment, and then I caught him.”
Saving The Boy’s Life
The rescue wasn’t easy. The two-year-old boy slipped between Turghanbek’s arms and struck him in the chest before hitting the pavement. But the fall could have ended much worse if Turghanbek wasn’t standing where he was to lessen the child’s impact. Afterward, Turghanbek fell to the sidewalk, knocked out from the impact. He commented, “I don’t know what happened after that, as I fainted for a while. When I woke up, police and rescuers were all here.”
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Both Turghanbek and the toddler were then sent to the hospital. Thankfully, the child didn’t have any major injuries and Turghanbek walked away with only a few minor cuts on his body. It could have been much worse and Turghanbek is thankful he was at the right place at the right time. But as for what caused the incident to begin with, nobody knows. Why was the kid falling from the building? Where were the child’s parents? Those are questions for the police, but as of right now, no more information has been announced about the child’s situation prior to the accident.
More And More Falls
This might seem like an unusual story. People don’t fall from buildings on a regular basis, but unfortunately, it’s not that uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2.8 million Americans fall regularly, with some of those resulting in life-threatening injuries. While most of them aren’t falling from high-rise buildings, many people (particularly elderly individuals) stumble and fall at their homes. Their injuries end their independence, with some never recovering from the injuries.
There are many risk factors for falling. People with lower body weakness, vitamin D deficiency, difficulties with walking or balancing, vision problems, foot pain, or have home hazards (including uneven steps) are more prone to falling than others. So, what can you do to prevent falls? Talk to your doctor. Ask a healthcare provider to evaluate your risk of falling and then discuss taking vitamin D supplements. You can also complete strength and balance exercises to make your legs stronger and to improve your balance. Visit an optometrist to update your eyeglasses, if needed. Finally, make your home safer by removing furniture or items you could easily trip over. Put railings on both sides of the stairs.
You don’t want to fall and get hurt. While you probably aren’t like the toddler from Yining, China, who fell from a five-story building, you never know when you might lose your balance and fall. Take care of your body. It’s important.
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