A dramatic video that is viral on social media right now shows a former American footballer catching a toddler that was thrown 30ft from a burning building by his mother.
Official reports suggest that the mother was also on fire.
Phillip Blanks, the footballer in the video, played football at college and is also a retired US Marine.
He reportedly heard shouting near his apartment in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 3, 2020, and went there to see.
Upon reaching there, he saw a mother and her 3-year-old son trapped on the balcony of their apartment with flames around them.
The mother, who was on fire, threw her son to a neighbor who was standing below, ready to catch him.
Footage shows the screaming woman dropping her son and Philip charging towards the spot where he will land.
The man managed to catch the kid perfectly.
During an interview with WABC, he said:
He was twirling in the air like a propeller. I just did my best. His head landed perfectly on my elbow. His ankle got twisted up as I was diving. The guy who was there with me – it looked like he wasn’t going to catch him. So that’s why I stepped in. I just wanted to make a better catch.
Jameson, the young boy, survived the fall and is currently recovering in the hospital.
Rachel Long, the mother of the child, was found dead inside the burning building.
It is said that she was trying to save her 8-year-old daughter, Roxanne.
Corey Long, the husband of Rachel, is currently homeless and is paying for Jameson’s and Roxanne’s medical bills.
According to a gofundme.com page that was made by Jess Wood, a family member, Jameson is doing well.
The page said:
On July 3rd, 2020, Rachel Long, daughter of James (Jessica) Wood and Trisha Wood, was a victim in an apartment fire and did not survive. Rachel was able to make it to the balcony, where she dropped her son, Jameson, to neighbors waiting below. Eyewitnesses stated that Rachel was on fire at that time, but rather than jumping herself to safety, she went back in for her daughter Roxanne and sadly, did not return. Reports say a passerby kicked in the door of an already engulfed apartment and heroically saved Roxxi. Rachel, 30, was a mother, a wife, a sister, daughter, and granddaughter. She was a beautiful, spirited young woman who always lived life fully and on her own terms. She was the light of her daddy’s life. She is truly a hero. She made the ultimate sacrifice for her children. Corey, her husband, has no home now and both children are currently hospitalized. He is facing costs of at least 8 surgeries for Roxxi. Please contribute if you feel led to help the Long family in these horrific times. They need our prayers and our finances.
In a recent update that was provided by Wood, she said:
Jameson is doing well. He received some hot wheel cars and his Pops took him some gummy bears. He was excited. Roxxi has had her first surgery. She will need seven more and some rehab after. She has a long road ahead of her.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and may the soul of Rachel Long rest in peace.
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