A man has been hailed a hero after he saved a toddler from falling from a height of 100 feet after she was seen hanging from a window of an eighth-floor flat.
The three-year-old toddler had used cushions and toys to climb to the window ledge before she slipped and was left hanging for dear life.
The child was reportedly left alone in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan, while her mum went out shopping.
Sabit Shontakbaev, 37, and a friend were on the way to work when they noticed the situation.
The father-of-four rushed into the building and knocked on the apartment door below the girl’s.
He was then filmed climbing outside of the window.
In the clip being shared on social media, Sabit is spotted standing outside of the window as he urges her to let go.
Reaching up, he grabbed the girl’s legs and pulled her down, cradling her in his arms before passing her through the open window to his friend.
Sabit has been celebrated for being a hero and was awarded a medal by the city’s deputy emergency minister.
He said: “I did not have a safety harness, so my friend held my legs. At that moment, I didn’t think about anything. I just wanted to help the child.
“Afterwards, I went straight to work with my friend. Nobody knew that this would happen I just saved the child and left, and in the news and social networks they suddenly began to call me a hero.
“I do not consider my actions heroic. To me, everyone should lend a helping hand in such situations.”
Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement: “By the time of arrival, the ministry said it was established that a man had saved the child dangling from the window on the eighth floor.
“No one was with the girl, born in 2019. Fortunately, our hero Shontakbaev Sabit, born in 1985, seeing the hanging, crying child, without hesitation and risking his own life, took emergency action and literally caught and saved the little girl’s life in a matter of seconds.
Cautioning parents against leaving their children unsupervised, the ministry said: “Dear parents, this was a happy occasion when the child was rescued safely, but there are many other incidents with a tragic outcome.”