A real-life ‘Spiderman’ has climbed a tall building in order to save a child who was suspending from the balcony of the fourth floor. Mamoudou Gassama, a migrant man from Mali, is now showered with compliments such as real-life ‘Spiderman’ and ‘Hero’ when he has rescued 4-yr-old child without thinking a second for his own safety. The incident took place in Paris.
A video of Mamoudou Gassama saving the child in North Paris is now going viral. The video shows 22-yr-old Gassama pulling himself up from balcony to balcony with his bare hands as a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony.
The crowd on the street watched the amazing feat with astonishment. They cheered and clapped for Gassama’s daring and heroic act. For a while, the traffic on the street came to the halt.
Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the child had already been rescued. “Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child,” a fire service spokesman told media.
Interestingly, Gassama has won an admirer in form of Paris Mayor herself. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo praised the young migrant on Twitter for his “act of bravery” as well as phoning him personally to “thank him warmly”. “He explained to me that he had arrived from Mali a few months ago dreaming of building his life here. “I told him that his heroic act is an example to all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be very keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France,” she added.
Meanwhile, the authorities of Paris reportedly found that the child’s parents were not at home at the time of the incident. The father was later held for questioning by Paris police for having left his child unattended and was due in court later, said reports. The child’s mother was not in Paris at the time.
After the heroic act, Gassama was chased by media who finally found his response. He said, “I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child. I felt afraid when I saved the child… (when) we went into the living room, I started to shake, I could hardly stand up, I had to sit down.”