Parents will simply do anything to ensure that their precious babies are kept safe.
There are so many things in the world that can cause harm to our children, whether that's dangers outside the home or the little things in our every day lives; parents will do their utmost for their kids, but, sometimes, kids get themselves into trouble, despite our best efforts.
One dad in Flordia recently demonstrated the exceptional "superhuman strength" that it takes to keep kids out of harm's way, and it is truly astonishing. Read on to find out what happened...
Having young children is no walk in the park.
via: Getty ImagesAs joyful as it is to welcome a child into the world, bringing up a toddler certainly isn't easy. Our little babies can find themselves in harm's way at any time, whether that's running across the road when we take our eyes off them for 2 seconds or attempting to get down the stairs when they've literally been walking for about a week.
Running around like a headless chicken is a huge part of parenting.As any parent knows, having a toddler involves a lot of running around and catching up with your mischievous little one. Toddlers find themselves in all kinds of sticky situations, including falling over their own feet...
Pools are great, but...It's super important to take safety precautions when welcoming a child into a household that has a pool. As fun as they are, they pose risks to young children, especially ones who can't yet swim.
Meet Albert Passavanti...
via: FacebookAlbert lives in Palm County, Florida, with his wife and two young children. As many families living in the Orange County do, Albert and his family have their very own private pool in their back yard.
Baby gates are there to ensure that children don't go near a pool unattended.
via: FacebookAs Albert's Nest camera shows, their pool is surrounded by a baby gate intended for this very purpose, for their eighteen-month-old son, Rocco.
It was intended to be a relaxing Sunday spent with the family.The day seemed to be going pretty well, with Albert lounging in a sun chair whilst his wife and daughter were in the pool. Rocco was playing with a large inflatable ball when it began rolling towards the pool.
Naturally, he followed the rolling ball.
via: FacebookThe Nest camera captures the very moment that Rocco innocently follows his ball that is rolling into the pool. The baby gate had been left open as Rocco's mom and sister were already in the pool, but they failed to notice the toddler's approach.
Rocco got closer to the poolside...
via: FacebookFrom his sun lounger, Albert can be heard starting to alert his wife and telling Rocco to stay away from the pool edge (watch the full video below).
via: FacebookAlbert can be heard shouting, "He's falling!" as the toddler disappears from view, into the pool. Albert and his friend instantly get out of their seats and bolt towards the pool.
It was a superhero move.
via: FacebookRather than running around the gate, entering the pool via the steps, Albert, without thinking, dived over the fence, straight into the pool to Rocco's aid.
His quick thinking is absolutely astounding.Albert's reaction is remarkable, and, it has to be said, his diving was pretty spot on... His quick thinking saved his son's life, and it is truly a miracle that he kept his eye on his wandering son.
Albert's actions went viral...
via: FacebookAfter posting the video on Facebook, Albert's "superhuman strength" went viral around the world, and he even appeared on ABC11 to promote child safety around the pool.
His heroic jump has truly proved his bravery.
via: YoutubeJumping over a 4 ft fence to save your vulnerable baby proves the passion and dedication that people have towards being a parent.
"It didn't even cross my mind..."
via: YoutubeSpeaking on ABC11, Albert recalls how "it didn't even cross my mind, it was point A to point B." The heat of the moment and the adrenaline caused Albert to dive across the fence rather than just walk around it due to it being left open.
He is always aware of his children...
via: FacebookSpeaking to WPTV, he said: "The second you see it, you get Superman strength and just have to go for it." He expressed that he is always aware of where his children are, and credited his own attentiveness for saving Rocco from serious injury or death.
Anna Stewart from the Drowning Prevention of Coalition of Palm Beach County praised Albert's awareness...
via: Getty ImagesStewart has urged parents to think before they act, and consider whether it is safe for them to dive into the waters and if they will be able to get back out. "You can drown also, but we know parents are going to do what they’re going to do, right? They're going to go in and save their children."
Children between the ages of 1 and 4 have the highest drowning rates...
via: Getty ImagesThis is a statistic according to the Centres for Disease Control, and it mostly applies to incidents happening in pools at home.
There are important precautions that need to be taken when having a family around a pool.
via: Getty ImagesThe American Red Cross has recommended a pool gate: "Secure your pool with appropriate barriers. Completely surround your pool with a 4-feet high fence or barrier with a self-closing, self-latching gate."
Parents have been advised to learn first aid and CPR.
via: Getty Images"Place a safety cover on the pool or hot tub when not in use and remove any ladders or steps used for access. Consider installing a pool alarm that goes off if anyone enters the pool." The American Red Cross also strongly advised parents to be trained in first aid and to take CPR courses in preparation for the worst happening.