On the morning of January 9, 2022, a Bronx apartment blaze killed 17 people. Of course, this is heartbreaking. But that day also wanted to share a piece of heartwarming news about the survival of a family.
Fatima Wood, a mother who was trapped inside the Bronx blaze with her children was on the edge of giving up her hope. There starts the incredible story of survival. Kieta, a stranger who was living in the same 19-story apartment stepped in to save them from the blaze. The mother remained hopeless until the stranger came to help them.
Keita lived at the top of the building was running down the stairwell trying to evacuate. Like all others, he was running for his life. While he was running down, he saw the family who was trapped. Even in that situation, he gave a helping hand in Wood’s most hopeless moment. He told the mother that he saved her the 3-year-old girl out to safety.
“As soon as I got down, the kid was cold, she didn’t have enough clothes. So I took off my jacket and I wrapped her in my jacket,” Keita said.
“I was sitting down, shaking. People were just going through, they couldn’t breathe, they were performing CPR, cardiac arrest. I’ve never seen something like it, so I was just shaking the whole time,” he said.
After the family was rescued, Keita and the young girl were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, New York City. After they left the hospital, Kween, the young girl was back to her mother. “I cried all day, even when we got here (to the hospital) and we finally see her, I was still crying because it’s so traumatizing,” Wood said.
Keita, the man who saved the family said that he was not trying to be a hero and “I just do what is right.” He said that was thankful to God because
he was at the right place at the right time to save the mother and young girl.
“I was just trying to do the right thing. Everybody was struggling, lots of people lost their lives, I was just trying to do the right thing,” Keita said.
Wood told the NBC that she “can’t wait to see Keita, to show him how grateful I am.” Then the two were reconnected on Sunday night.
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