Baby Rescued From Mudslide by Good Samaritan Who Refused to Leave Scene (VIDEO)

At least 21 people have died in the horrific mudslide that took out dozens of homes in Oso, Washington, but at least one baby has made it out alive -- thanks to a Good Samaritan who refused to listen when he was advised to leave the dangerous area. After Kody Wesson heard a baby's whimpers and watched as his mother, lying helpless with two broken legs, begged him to help, he did what he needed to do.

Wesson was driving along a highway when the mudslide struck. He got out of his car, which had narrowly avoided being overcome by mud, and tried to help, but authorities told him to get out of the dangerous area.

But he couldn't. Because he heard something. It was the faint cries of an infant in the rubble. He told KIRO News:

You gotta help 'em. How can you not? What are you supposed to do, you can’t just stand there and watch.

So despite warnings, he began picking through the debris until he found the infant, who was only 22 weeks old. His mother lay nearby with two broken legs, unable to do anything but ask this stranger to please help. Others then joined in the effort. The infant was found with bruising to his face but otherwise unhurt.

He wrapped the boy, named Duke Saddarth, in his coat and brought him to rescuers.

Both baby and mom are now recovering at home. The family released a statement saying:

We are so grateful to all the responders who jeopardized their safety in order to pull Duke and Amanda out of the debris.

Wesson said he realized later that if he'd been driving only seconds earlier, he would have been wiped out. And perhaps Duke wouldn't have survived either. In so much tragedy and loss and heartbreak, at least this is one story that can be celebrated.

Would you have left or insisted on helping even in so much danger?

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jacsm... jacsmama022

Omg that tears me up. I just can't imagine. Thank you to this man! It gives me hope in human nature after all.

TheSi... TheSilence

So much sadness and pain. I am glad that this baby and his mom survived.

lynked lynked

God bless the good Samaritans like this in this world.  We sure need a lot more of them.

merry... merryvoice

No question; I'd stay!!

Tisstash Tisstash

I live in Washington, about 100 miles or so away from this place. Last time I looked I beleave the death toll was 23, with 22 people still missing. A 6 month old little girl, wasn't so lucky. On the death list there was a little girl, 5 years old named kaylee. And an older man named Logan. Those are my children's name's. When I saw that I woke my daughter, up just to hug her. Then kissed my baby on the forehead and then told him I loved him. My heart aches for these people. I am so happy this little boy and his mommy are doing okay.

court... court_1989

I live in WA. I'm actually right by it. Its soooo sad. Also the smell in the air from the bodies of people and animals.

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