Vietnamese netizens are hailing a good Samaritan for helping a toddler find his way back home in the middle of the night after the two-year-old baby wandered out while his parents were asleep.
A camera attached to Nguyen Xuan Truong’s car captured the man’s good deed as it unfolded. Truong is a resident of Phu Cat District in south-central Binh Dinh Province, where he works as a contract driver.
According to the 29-year-old, he was driving home after work at about 1:00 am on Tuesday when he saw a toddler walking alone on a street in Cat Thanh Commune.
“I was worried because it’s dangerous for such a young child to be on the street in the middle of the night,” Truong said.
Truong’s first reaction was to stop his car and help the child onto the sidewalk.
He then waved down some passing vehicles to ask for help.
While other motorists watched the child, Truong began knocking on nearby doors attempting to find the child’s home.
After about 20 minutes, an elderly man opened his gate and listened to Truong as he described the boy.
The man then followed Truong out to the child.
“When the man saw the baby, he immediately knew who the parents were and where their house was,” Truong said.
“I was so happy.”
Truong and the elderly man then proceeded to walk the child home.
As the child’s mother opened the door and saw her son, she went numb for a few seconds before immediately taking the toddler in her arms.
“The mother said that the couple had been tired after coming home from work and immediately fell asleep," Truong recounted.
"The toddler must have found his way out while they were sleeping."
|Nguyen Xuan Truong, who helped a lost child return to their parents. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
A four-minute video capturing the entire incident was later circulated on social media, leading netizens to rain down compliments on Truong’s good-hearted action.
A number of the netizens noted that many people would not have acted as Truong did out of fear of being scammed.
Truong said the idea of leaving a lost child on the sidewalk in the middle of the night never crosses his mind.
“Seeing him helpless in the middle of the road, I was so worried,” Truong said.
"I just hoped he’d be able to return to his parents safely.
“When I saw the kid, I immediately though of my own child.
"I wasn’t afraid of being robbed or anything.”
The man hopes that the incident will help remind parents to monitor to keep a close eye on their chidlren.