Couple Catches Baby Falling From 3rd Floor Using Handy Mattress

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 09:54 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A falling baby was saved Sunday by a quick-thinking couple in Burbank, Calif., who used their mattress box spring to pad the child's fall.

Konrad Lightner and his wife, Jennifer, were in the process of moving from their apartment building when they observed the toddler and his sister throwing toys out of a third-story window. The couple immediately ran over and positioned their box spring beneath the window as the child threw his leg over the window sill before falling from the window, KABC TV reported.

After hitting the box spring, Konrad was able to catch the child as he bounced into the air, CNN noted.

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"I'm not a hero," Konrad told KABC TV. "I just walked by and just tried to help. . . We were lucky to be there."


According to Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert, the child was "hanging out on to what appeared to be a telephone line or a cable line [before he] released and fell to the ground."

Following the fall, the 3-year-old boy was reportedly taken to a local hospital where he was found to have no major injuries, KABC TV reported.

Reflecting on the incident, Konrad told KABC TV that it "feels like I watched a TV show, like it didn't happen to me."

"It was very surreal afterwards," Jennifer added. "We were just moving the rest of day and every once in a while we'd look at each other and just be like, 'That happened. That was real.'"

After the remarkable rescue, the couple was reportedly commended by firefighters at the scene before continuing their move.

In a strange twist of fates, the couple told KABC TV that earlier in the day they had been stuck in an elevator for about 30 minutes. Without that delay, the Good Samaritans say they would not have been on the street at the time the child fell from the window.

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