‘Groggy’ mother sticks out her foot to stop her baby’s head hitting the floor [video]

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Reflex action! Moment ‘groggy’ mother sticks out her foot to stop her baby’s head hitting the floor as the adventurous tot tumbles off a table

  • Ms Zuo was suffering with a cold and fever when she saved her falling toddler
  • It was filmed on a surveillance camera at her home in Changchun, east China
  • The young child is seen falling backwards off a table positioned below the TV
  • Just before his head hits the floor, his mother cushions his fall with her foot


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This is the moment a mother’s nimble footwork stopped her adventurous baby smashing his head on the floor as he fell off a table.

Footage filmed in China last week shows the woman, who was feeling groggy with a cold and fever, throw out a foot just in time to soften the adventurous toddler’s fall.

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The woman, identified only as Ms Zuo, said medication had made her sluggish but her mother’s instinct kicked in when she spotted her baby had crawled up onto a small table at her home Changchun city in the eastern Chinese province of Jilin.

A woman, identified only as Ms Zuo, was suffering with a cold and fever when she was filmed catching her baby at home in the city of Changchun in the eastern Chinese province of Jilin last week

A woman, identified only as Ms Zuo, was suffering with a cold and fever when she was filmed catching her baby at home in the city of Changchun in the eastern Chinese province of Jilin last week

Despite feeling unwell with a cold and fever, she uses her foot to cushion her falling child and to protect his head from hitting the floor

Despite feeling unwell with a cold and fever, she uses her foot to cushion her falling child and to protect his head from hitting the floor

In the home surveillance footage, the child, who appears to be a boy, is seen walking over to the table as his sick mother, wearing pyjamas and looking unwell, gets a glass of water from the kitchen.

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Another woman momentarily leaves the room as the little boy climbs up onto the table.

Ms Zuo walks over to her playing child while taking a swig of water and arrives just as the tot falls backwards off the table.

Just before the toddler hits his head on the floor, the mother sticks out her right foot and cushions his head, catching him just below the back of his neck.

The young child is seen looking up at Ms Zuo while lying on her foot before eventually rolling onto his stomach to continue playing

The young child is seen looking up at Ms Zuo while lying on her foot before eventually rolling onto his stomach to continue playing

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After catching her son, the mother chooses not to pick him up, possibly due to her illness or because of the medication she has been taking. 

The young child is seen looking up at Ms Zuo while lying on her foot before eventually rolling onto his stomach to continue playing.

Ms Zuo said: ‘Bringing up a baby needs supernatural powers at any time.

‘I caught a cold and had a fever, my brain was reacting slowly, but fortunately my motherly instinct was still there!’

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