Heroic Strangers Rescue Toddler From Sinking Car

New Zealand roadParenting can feel like a lonely business, but sometimes a story comes along to remind us parents that we're not always alone in caring for our children.

Take, for example, the story of a mother whose toddler was rescued from a sinking car by two men she had never met before. The mom, 21-year-old Suellen Matthewson, had been driving along a treacherous coastal road in New Zealand when her car slid on a corner, crashed into some rocks, and flipped over twice, ending up upside down in the water.

Though Matthewson, who was in the driver's seat, was able to clamber out, her 2-year-old daughter, Mikaylah Wilson, was trapped in her car seat in the back. Matthewson tried to open little Mikaylah's door, but it wouldn't budge. Naturally, she panicked, screaming, "My baby, my baby!"


That's when two strangers, Nicholas Hughes and Simon Griffin (who also didn't know each other), screeched their vehicles to a halt and came running over. They dove into the water, broke into the car to rescue Mikaylah, whose head was mere inches from the water, and carried the miraculously unharmed toddler to the safety of her mother's arms, wrapping the child in one of their own coats to keep her warm until help arrived.

"You just do it, you don't even think about it," Griffin told the New Zealand Herald News. "Everything goes that fast. All we wanted to do was get the baby out."

Honestly, it's stories like these that make you feel good about the world. That make you feel like other people – other kind, caring people – are looking out for our children just as we are. They counter-balance all that stranger-danger scary news we parents are flooded with every day.

It's helpful to remind yourself that, in the midst of all the dangers we worry about our children facing, there are people who are there backing us up, who may jump in and help out – at their own risk – during a moment of crisis. They may even be people don't know: everyday heroes like these.

Do stories like this make you feel better about the world?


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