A Portland, Oregon, teen is being hailed a hero for risking her life to save a baby from being electrocuted by a downed power line. Last Wednesday during an ice storm, a tree branch brought a power line down on top of a parked car in Northeast Portland, killing the mother, father, and uncle of an infant inside the vehicle.
From within her nearby home, 18-year-old Majiah Washington watched in horror as the scene unfolded and rushed outside to save the baby, who was laying on top of the father near the live wire. While on the phone with emergency services, Washington carefully approached the electrified area, staying low to avoid slipping into the downed line. Remarkably, she was able to retrieve the baby without harming herself or the child.
Medical professionals fortunately found the baby to be in good health, and while the community is mourning the tragic deaths of the parents and uncle, they are praising Washington’s bravery. Portland Fire & Rescue spokesperson Rick Graves expressed amazement at how she and the baby survived the incident unscathed, attributing the miraculous outcome to Washington's heroic act.
Source: USA TODAY