It was quick thinking and even quicker reflexes that helped a nine-year-old boy swoop in and save his baby brother from falling to the ground.
Tila Levi was changing her 11-month-old son’s diaper at her home in Bal Harbour, Fla., when she became momentarily distracted by one of her other five children. With her back turned to her infant, he suddenly rolled over and began falling off of his changing table.
It was a moment that could have ended in disaster if not for Levi’s nine-year-old son, Joseph, who just so happened to be walking into the room when he spotted his brother tumbling towards the floor.
Dramatic footage, taken from a baby monitor, shows Joseph leaping forward and catching his 30-pound brother mere seconds before the infant makes contact with the ground to spare the young child from an imminent injury.
The video was posted to YouTube on Nov. 16 and has already received more than 235,000 views.
Speaking to WSVN, a Fox TV affiliate based in Miami, the nine-year-old boy said he wasn’t sure how we was able to support the weight of his brother and added that it may have been a higher power that gave him the ability to react so quickly.
“I would have never caught him, and I can’t run that fast, so I felt like something came and just pushed me forward,” he explained in an online article published on Nov. 15. “And when that happened, I just ran and caught him.”
Looking back at the moment, Joseph’s mother said she agreed with her son that divine intervention helped spare her baby from potentially getting hurt in the incident.
“It’s almost like someone pushed him and said: ‘Go do what you gotta do,’” Levi said. “I’m a believing person. I believe in God. I do believe in miracles. I’d just never seen one first-hand, like, in front of my face,” she added.
“I must have done something right to have been deserving of this little guy, running in at the right time and catching him at the right moment.”