“Fate Made Me Pass by the Road at that Time”


Source: “Ha preso al volo il bimbo

«Dio mi ha dato la freddezza».” La Provincia. 10 December 2013


On 9 December 2013, Luigi Barbanera, who works as a guard at an Italian penitentiary, saw a commotion at a building in Cantù, Italy. People were looking at a 23-month-old boy named Ryan, who was leaning out of a window on the second floor of the building. He seemed to be about to fall out of a window. Mr. Barbanera, a former goalkeeper in soccer, positioned himself under the boy and caught him when he fell. Both were knocked to the ground, but neither was hurt. Mr. Barbanera said, “To tell you the truth, in the moment I felt completely powerless. I didn’t even know what I would do. Five minutes passed before I saw the baby move its leg forward wearily and fall.” Ryan’s mother had left him alone while she hung laundry up to dry. When she discovered that he was missing, she ran down to the street. Mr. Barbanera, who had already caught the boy when she arrived, said, “Fate made me pass by the road at that time.”

For Further Information: “Passing Officer Catches Toddler Falling From 2nd-Floor Window.” Huffington Post. 11 December 2013


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