Girl Catches Newborn Baby Thrown From Burning Building By Its Mother

Girl Catches Newborn Baby Thrown From Burning Building By Its Mother

U.S. -- As fire engulfed their apartment building, a 10-year-old Georgia girl stood beneath a second-story window and caught a newborn dropped to safety by its desperate mother. Now, Zna Gresham is being hailed as a hero for catching the baby, one of three young children dropped from the window Thursday in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur.

Girl Catches Newborn Baby Thrown From Burning Building By Its Mother

'The lady upstairs, she was dropping her babies,' Zna said in an interview with the local news station. 'I caught the newborn baby from falling; before it hit the ground I had caught it.'

The family upstairs, with three young children, had no choice but to drop the three children. The smoke was rising so quickly to the upper floors, they couldn't make their way outside their upper apartment into the hallway because of the smoke. They just went to a window and they threw the child outside to the people, to the neighbors, down on the ground.

The other two children, ages 2 and 3, hit the ground and sustained minor injuries in the fall, fire officials said. Two adults were also hospitalized, and they were also expected to survive. There were no immediate deaths. 

Girl Catches Newborn Baby Thrown From Burning Building By Its Mother
Girl Catches Newborn Baby Thrown From Burning Building By Its Mother

The blaze appeared to have started in a kitchen in a first-floor unit of the complex, authorities said. The fire destroyed one unit in the building and damaged three others, displacing more than a dozen residents, they said.

Zna credits her aunt with holding a door open and helping her and other relatives escape the fire, allowing her to then go outside and catch the baby.

Zna said she could barely understand what the mother in the second-floor was saying because she is Haitian and speaks a different language. But she understood enough to know that she would need to catch the baby.

'In our family we take care of our neighbors, no matter what,' Zna said.

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