Heroic Dad Saves Baby From Car Crash

13/04/2011 16:47 | Updated 22 May 2015

A father in Sydney, Australia, miraculously managed to save his baby boy from a car which crashed into them.

Video footage has just been released of the accident, which happened when a pensioner lost control of her car and smashed into the father and son.

Andrew Leitch was walking along the pavement with his four-month-old baby, Hayden, and his parents in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith when the incident happened.

A car mounted the kerb and crashed into him.

The CCTV footage shows the father turning his back to the car, shielding the baby.

He clutches the baby tight to his chest as he is pushed into a shop window.

Take a look at the video here - and just remind yourself that it all ends well...

Mr Leitch had his legs pinned by the car, which it has been reported was driven by an elderly woman who had lost control of the vehicle.

The heroic father says he remembered thinking: "If they hit the back of me, break a leg or whatever, that's fixable. But if they hit my son, he's not fixable."

Mr Leitch's parents, who were standing nearby, were also hit and were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The baby's empty pram was sent flying but the little boy was unhurt.

The accident happened back in August 2008, but the footage was broadcast for the first time on Monday on Australia's Nine Network and has received thousands of hits on YouTube.

The father must have acted out of pure instinct - to protect his child. But that doesn't make him any less of a hero.

Source: Associated Press

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