This Brave Boy Took a Huge Risk to Save A Small Child In Danger
1. Horror But Nothing to Help
In April 2013, a horrifying scene unfolded in the small town of Segarcea in Dolj County, Romania. A small child fell down a deep well in the city and despite the best efforts of rescue personnel and professional equipment, saving the child was proving to be a much more difficult task than expected.
In an attempt to get better access to the child, rescue crews dug deep into the ground, taking apart as much of the well’s pipe as possible. Even from there, however, everyone present was confounded. Was there any way to rescue this poor child?
2. Search for a Solution
As the scene unfolded, members of the boy’s family were in a serious state of shock, wondering how this could have happened. The mother sat on the ground, head in her hands and while the father, a man of faith, attempted to pray with all his might.
Next to them, the cranes and a slew of firemen and police continued to work as everyone scrambled to think of some way to get the child out safely.
3. Futile Efforts
The only option available was to throw a strong rope down the well and hope to attach it onto the child, a toddler that was only three years old.
His cries were audible from the depths but the rope method was simply not working. The boy simply did not have the strength or ability to grab onto the rope either, since he had suffered a serious fall. Meanwhile, the clock was ticking.
4. The Only Solution Left
Despite the seeming futility, the rescuers came to the realization that they might need another person to go down into the narrow well. A 14-year-old boy named Cristian Marian Becheanu stepped up to the plate.
His slim frame made him the ideal size to fit into the well, though his fearlessness really made him the ideal candidate for the frightening task.
5. Getting Ready for the Unknown
As soon as he agreed to the plan, a fireman began to get Cristian prepared for the mission. To start, he was outfitted with a strong harness around his waist.
Amid the stress of the situation, news video from the event showed the teen looking extremely calm, as if he was preparing himself to act in the cool and calculated manner that would be needed for the difficult task that awaited him.
6. High Emotions
As he prepared, members of the media tried to ask the boy questions. One person asked if he was scared and he immediately answered in the affirmative. But fear was no match for Cristian.
His life had already not been an easy one. He had lost his mother and the teen had been raised in a life of poverty by his grandfather.
7. Getting Closer to the Moment of Truth
As police continued to prepare Cristian for the well dive, family members who surrounded him appeared visibly stressed and some in tears. Cristian was the calmest one around.
A fireman placed a headlamp over his forehead and adjusted it just right. The big moment was coming and everyone knew the end result could either end in celebration or tragedy.
8. Quick Preparations
Equipped with headlamp and belt, Cristian went down into the dirt pit where members of the rescue crew stood around the open well. Next, they secured him by the hooks and loops on his harness and tied heavy ropes around the boy’s ankles that would served to lower him into the well.
As firemen worked to get him situated, the chaos above ground grew louder. Nonetheless, Cristian grinned from ear to ear, possibly out of excitement but possibly out of nervousness. The fate of this mission could not be known.
9. An Upside-Down Rescue
To perform this rescue, Cristian would not simply be climbing down. He would have to do it all upside-down, with blood rushing to his head. It would make the task all the more difficult and time all the more precious.
After the fireman adjusted the ropes, they tipped him over upside-down and carefully lowered him into the narrow well. As the mission took place, some attempted to shush the noisy crowd of bystanders that had gathered at the scene. But then, silence. Everyone awaited to see whether the unusual plan would work out.
10. Into the Darkness
Above the pit, the fireman who helped the boy prepare for his daring rescue tugged at the rope holding the boy. He was working intently to instruct the boy on how to perform the important task at hand.
Additional people hovered over the well, also holding the rope and keeping an eye on the boy while he hung upside-down in the dark. They did not know how long the mission would take, or what awaited the boy once he reached the bottom.
11. Waiting for A Miracle
Much shouting filled the air and fortunately, the boy did not have to stay down there long since the boy was carrying out each instruction perfectly.
With much commotion, the two boys emerged from the well and were retrieved by the crew surrounding. Cristian took a deep breath. Suddenly, joyous cheering replaced the frenzied shouting. But danger still abounded, even after the boys made it above ground.
12. A New Emerency
As soon as the toddler was rescued, he was immediately put into his father’s arms. But suddenly, his father realized something was seriously wrong. The child soon began to cry but was not able to move.
As soon as he realized something was wrong, the father sprinted to get his son to the medical crew. It turns out the toddler had suffered a spinal fracture due to the 15-meter drop and the force of impact. He needed immediate medical care.
13. Cristian Emerges a Hero
As soon as Cristian was put back on his feet, it was apparent that he was no longer just a skinny young teen. He was a hero.
As he was helped out of the harnesses, he beamed a smile and watched in awe as an adoring crowd formed above, even waving to those surrounding the pit. Everyone wanted to know: What was it like in the well?
14. Behind the Bravery
Once the young hero was helped to safety from the pit, many were eager to speak with him. Emotions were so high and Cristian’s adrenaline was running. He was bombarded with hugs and kisses from family and friends, grateful for the risk he had taken and even more grateful Cristian had come out unscathed.
Cristian caught his breath and settled down from all the commotion. Finally he was ready to relay what exactly happened while he was in the depths of the well.
15. Heroic Dream
What made this young boy decide to take on such a task usually reserved for professional rescuers? Why would he agree to take on such a risk that even the firefighters dared not attempt?
As he calmed down, excited but still out of breath, he told the eager crowd of reporters that he had always dreamed of being a professional rescuer one day. So when the poor child fell down the well, Cristian wanted to help. And he was prepared to go to any depths to do it.
16. First Glimpse Into the Well
As Cristian was lowered into the 15-meter well, upside-down, he began to called for the boy to reach out. He wanted to grab the child’s hands as soon as possible. At first, Cristian said he was afraid but as he got nearer to the child, he said he “was not afraid.”
It was no easy task. The little boy was injured and in pain. Any wrong movement could have made it worse. In fact, at one point in the mission, Cristian thought it was all over.
17. Finding the Toddler
How did the poor toddler look when Cristian caught the first glimpse of him in the dark well? After all, he had been down there for several hours.
Cristian said that the toddler looked extremely afraid when he first arrived down there. Due to the fall, the child had suffered a spinal fracture and was likely in tremendous pain. Nonetheless, Cristian now had to get this child out. But what was it like down there?
18. Rescue in the Stifling Heat
Cristian began reaching out for the child with all his might, but without much air, the space was boiling hot and hands were slippery. At one point Cristian thought he had dropped the boy.
Eventually, though, he managed to grab hold. When he was asked if he was afraid at this moment, Cristian responded that he was not. “I had a good grip on him,” he said. Next, Cristian had to find a way to let the rescuers above know the pair were ready to come up.
19. Ready to Leave the Well
As soon as Cristian had a good grip on the boy, he gave a special signal to the rescuers above. “I shook my feet twice for them to take me out, and I grabbed him by the hand and took him out,” he told reporters.
From this point, the crew began reeling back the rope that was attached to Cristian’s feet and waist, emerging back into the fresh air once again. Bystanders still had tons questions for the new, young hero.
20. Bystander Curiosity Overflows
“Were you afraid a little bit at the beginning when you entered?” one woman asked.
The boy admitted that he had been afraid at first but then “was not afraid anymore,” once he knew what he was doing. Another person, a man, asked him if the drop was far, to which the boy responded yes. Some other questions weren’t as predictable, though.
21. A Lighthearted Question
With all the craziness that came with the scary situation and the rescue, a little levity was more than welcome. One man asked a funny question.
“Fish. Were there any fish?” the man inquired. The boy confirmed that there were not any fish in the well. The questions returned quickly to what exactly the rescue was like.
Read on to find out what eventually happened to the boy Cristian rescued.
22. The Lucky Child
The lucky toddler was in a great deal of pain throughout the whole incident, especially due to the impact of the fall. As mentioned earlier, he had suffered a spinal fracture but fortunately, medical personnel were on the scene and ready. He was flown by emergency helicopter for the medical treatment needed to treat his serious injury.
Fortunately, the little boy ended up making a recovery. His father expressed his gratefulness. “I thank God and all those who helped,” he told local media. “I thank Christ all my life, as I live, I do not know if I can thank him for what he did for me and my baby.” What sort of thanks did Cristian, the young rescuer receive?
23. A National Hero Honored
Following the incident, Cristian was soon nicknamed the “Hero of Segarcea.” His story became known nationwide and he became more of a national hero. Even the government took notice of his achievement.
Above is a video of the boy receiving an award from the Romanian government. He received it alongside the brave firefighters and police who coordinated the rescue every step of the way. The boy was now among their ranks!
Watch the breathtaking footage below:
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