TORONTO — “God, please save my son.”
Ansar Ahmed will never forget those words spoken by the mother of a 17-month-old boy who miraculously survived a seven-floor plunge from a Toronto apartment balcony Wednesday night.
Ahmed told QMI Agency the woman cried and prayed inside his first-floor East York apartment, just a few metres away from where the boy landed on grass.
“His mother was inside constantly praying, ‘Oh God, please save my son,’” Ahmed said Thursday.
He said he came home around 9:45 p.m. and was on his way up from the basement parking lot when his wife called saying something was wrong upstairs. He ran to the main floor and saw a crowd of people gathering.
“I saw women and men crying,” Ahmed said. “I asked what happened. I thought it was a shooting. His mother was just outside of my apartment.
“The police officers brought her inside, trying to console her and keep her calm.”
The boy is believed to have climbed up on a chair on the family’s apartment balcony and fallen over the railing. He landed just a metre from a concrete planter.
“People were crying and praying for the boy,” Ahmed said. “That he survived is just amazing.”
A man who answered the door at the family’s apartment would not comment.
Abdul Salam, who lives in a neighbouring apartment complex, said he saw a woman laying beside the child on the ground.
“The scene was just chaotic,” he said. “She was crying and shouting and hitting herself.”
The boy remained in Sick Kids hospital Thursday in critical but stable condition.