Commuters who were waiting to catch the SEPTA at a train station in West Philadelphia witnessed a terrifying sight yesterday when they saw a baby stroller fall onto the tracks after rolling off the platform.
Yep -- this really happened. A mom was waiting for the train with her baby strapped into a jogging stroller, when she somehow became distracted -- and it slowly rolled right to the edge and toppled over onto the tracks.
And what the mom did after realizing what happened really shouldn't surprise any parent.
Take a look at the video below to see the horrible scene go down -- and watch the mom hop down onto the tracks to save her child.
OMG. You would've done the exact same thing in her situation, right? (Duh, who wouldn't have if it happened to their baby?)
And while no charges are being pressed against the mother -- you know there are going to be more than a few people who view this video and wonder how in the hell she managed not to notice that stroller rolling away from her.
Though it's impossible to determine what exactly had her so distracted, if I had to guess, I'd say she was likely checking her phone -- something we all do several times a day. Oh come on, how many times have you looked away from your baby for a few seconds to see what's happening on Facebook? (Don't lie.)
Yes, it's a good rule of thumb to keep your hand on the stroller at all times "just in case," but I highly doubt this mom had any intention of being irresponsible. Accidents happen, and we can only begin to imagine her horror upon realizing her baby, who was right next to her a few seconds before, was suddenly on the train tracks.
A few weeks ago, I was in the grocery store check-out line, and there was a woman in front of me with her baby sitting in the cart. She wasn't strapped in, and as the mom was paying for her groceries, the little girl stood up in the seat. She almost fell right out of the cart -- but I was standing right there and caught her.
The mom, of course, was mortified and thanked me a million times over -- and I'm sure she figured I would wind up cursing her under my breath for being such a terrible mother.
But you know what? I wasn't. Because she wasn't a bad mom -- she's just a parent, and we tend to get distracted easily and it's next to impossible to keep our eyes on our kids every single second of every single day. (Granted, the baby should've been strapped in, but let's not even go there.)
And the same thing goes for the mom at the train station. She's just a mom, who happened to look away for whatever reason -- which led to something that could've resulted in absolute disaster. Thankfully she was able to rescue her baby in time, but this definitely serves as a reminder that it doesn't take a whole lot of time for accidents to happen when we aren't paying attention. I guess sometimes being overprotective is not only ok -- it's also necessary.
Have you ever looked away for a split second and had something almost happen to your baby?
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