17/09/2015 13:11 BST | Updated 18/09/2015 08:59 BST

Richard Engel Shows His Humanity When Pregnant Refugee Collapses On NBC News

Journalist Richard Engel was filmed helping a pregnant refugee on Wednesday, the NBC news correspondent aiding a woman who collapsed to the floor during a report on the conditions of the crisis in Hungary.

Engel's segment was highlighting the brutality of the conflict on the Hungary-Serbia border after the right-wing government in Budapest completed its building of a wired barrier between the countries.

The fence is a physical reminder of the recent legislation that outlaws refugees entering the country without registering.

Engel stepped in to help the pregnant refugee during a live broadcast

Engel's report showed scenes of police officers in riot gear, pepper spraying a group of refugees trying to break down the fence in a desperate bid to enter the country.

Not long into the broadcast, the correspondent met with a pregnant woman, who was in a state of delirium.

After attempting to bring her to the camera for an interview, the woman collapsed, leaving Engle huddled over her, screaming for help.

"This woman just collapsed in front of me, she is breathing, they are calling to get her some water,

"She is breathing, she's waking up... she's waking up," he said desperately.

In a recorded message played as the report came to its end, the presenter explained: "I tried to keep her head up. Leaning her against her bag,

"It was clear that she was pregnant, [afterwards] people carried her off to a makeshift infirmary."


Engle's report comes a week after Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy stepped in to help refugees coming ashore in the island of Lesbos, winning the presenter acclaim for his heroic behaviour.

Hungarian authorities said on Wednesday that they had arrested a total of 519 migrants who tried to cross the border since tough new laws went into effect on Tuesday that make it a crime to cross from Serbia anywhere other than at legal checkpoints.

Many of those attempting to cross the borders are refugees from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hungary's ambassador to the United Kingdom today defended his country's treatment of refugees, after the UN Secretary General said he was "shocked" at its behaviour.