How to Save a Life: British Tourist in Right Place at Right Time

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A British tourist caught a young toddler who fell four stories from a Florida hotel balcony Wednesday night.

Helen Beard was at Orlando’s Econo Lodge Inn & Suites pool when she saw a child hanging from the railing above. She rushed underneath and caught 16-month-old Jah-Nea Myles in her arms, a move that spared the tot from even the slightest scratch.

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Beard stayed with the child until paramedics arrived to take her to the hospital–a trip that turned out to be unnecessary. The baby’s mother, 20-year-old Helena Myles, told Reuters: “She’s perfectly fine. Not a scratch on her body.” Myles had left Jah-Nea with a friend but the young girl wandered onto the balcony while her babysitter was in the bathroom.

A potentially tragic ending gave way to a huge sigh of relief thanks to a made-for-the-movies stroke of luck and Beard’s quick-thinking.

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