Namibian Woman Saves Baby From A Burning Car

Bravery, thy name is Tulonga Neputa. This Namibian woman is quite-rightly being lauded as a hero, after dragging an eight-month-old baby out of a burning car.

The Windhoek-Okahandja road was the scene of a devastating multiple-vehicle accident, with debris spilling onto both sides of the carriageway.

The incredible rescue was captured on film by people travelling with Neputa. As their vehicle stops to survey the incident, the would-be hero leaps out of the car while telling her group that she’d seen a baby in the car.

Sure enough, she was right. A mother of two herself, Neputa ran over to the wreckage as one of the cars involved in the smash-up caught fire. She quickly pulled the baby away from danger, much to the amazement of an onlooking crowd.

A life saved after the carnage

Unfortunately, five people – including the baby’s grandfather – died in the accident. But from the ashes of tragedy, a miracle occurred.

Nadja Heger is the mother of baby Dexter. She took to her Facebook page to heap praise on her saviour. The bittersweet conflict of emotions is a heartbreaking read:

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) state that Neputa was on her way to the State-Owned Entities Games at Walvis Bay, along with her work colleagues.

News travelled fast down to her intended destination, too. The government-employed auditor has been rewarded by the event organisers after they renamed “The Chairpersons Trophy” to the “Tulonga Neputa Trophy”.

Neputa called it an “honour and a humbling experience” to be recognised for her act of sheer bravery. She also helped soothe Dexter after his traumatic experience, proving that moms really are the everyday superheroes that walk among us.

Credit: Tom Head, THE SOUTH AFRICAN

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