An 18-year-old Syran refugee is being hailed as a hero after he saved a toddler who was teetering on the edge of a rooftop.
Khalid Tabateb and his father were driving through Hamilton in Ontario, Canada earlier this month when his heart froze at the sight of a little boy in a diaper wandering precariously along the second-story ledge of a building.
The toddler had woken up from a nap and climbed through the window out onto the small rooftop. Neighbors and pedestrians had gathered underneath the ledge to catch the child in case he fell.
Khalid was determined to help, and he yelled at his father to stop the car.
“My dad parked the car and said ‘If you can help him go help him,’” Khalid told CBC through his older sister, who acted as an interpreter. “I was scared. I didn’t want this little guy to go and die. I didn’t want to just watch.”
Without hesitation, the young migrant ran up to the house and started pounding on the doors in hopes that the parents were home – they were not.
Khalid then broke through the screen of a first-floor window, climbed into the house, ran to the toddler’s room and pulled the boy back inside.
The 18-year-old has been praised for his actions – although this is not the first time that he has saved a life. When he and his father were living in war-torn Syria, they both brought a young boy to safety after he was caught in gunfire.
“He loves to help people,” Khalid’s sister told CBC. “He’s so brave. The whole family — we’re so proud of him.”
Though the family initially moved to Jordan to escape the war, they eventually fled to Canada in 2014, and community members say that the family has settled in wonderfully.
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Navdeep Narula was working at his King St E restaurant when he looked out the window and saw a baby on a rooftop across the road. Listen as he describes the rescue. “Everyone was scared.” #HamOnt https://t.co/rvYDoROpu8 pic.twitter.com/l4OQHAEGoS— CBC Hamilton (@CBCHamilton) August 10, 2018
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