*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.
A little girl was rescued in New York City after her father jumped in front of a subway train, killing himself while carrying her in his arms.
Footage of bystanders jumping onto the tracks to save the girl have now gone viral because of the strangers' heroism.
RAW: Commuters save girl after her dad jumps in front of NY subway train holding her | ABC7 youtu.be
#breaking Good samaritans get a 5 yr old girl off of the trains tracks. Seconds earlier her dad either fell or jump… https://t.co/qRp2nbUtiX— Kemberly Richardson (@Kemberly Richardson)1569250790.0
Just before the videos began, the little girls' father, a 45-year-old Bronx resident, picked her up and threw them both in front of a southbound subway train at Kingsbridge Road station.
As onlookers expressed their terror, it's believed the father died on impact with the fast-moving train, while the little girl was somehow able to survive with only minor cuts and bruises.
😔Bronx: Father Jumps In Front Of Subway Train While Holding His 5-Year-Old Daughter. 9/23/19 youtu.be
@ABC7 Omg this is horrible. How did she survive that? It wasn’t her time— Yasmin (@Yasmin)1569264193.0
As soon as the train came to a stop, brave onlookers jumped down onto the tracks to help.
In the video, they can be seen gesturing to the little girl, now under the train, still wearing her pink backpack.
@ABC7 God is so good. Her guardian angel protected her. My prayers to the family.— KittenLoverHTH (@KittenLoverHTH)1569270263.0
JESUS. Oh, the mind of this little girl. Her broken heart. May her spirit only grow stronger from the pain of thi… https://t.co/beU6RXe57q— Leah Joy (@Leah Joy)1569299259.0
After she made it out from under the train, the helpers hoisted the girl back onto the platform, where others desperately asked if she knew her mother's phone number.
When authorities arrived, they swiftly transported her to Jacobi Medical Center, where her mother later found her safe and unharmed.
A police officer commented:
"She got lucky. It's amazing that she's alive."
@News12BX This is devastating for this child. Thank you, to those who stepped in!! Ty💕🙏🏽💕— @iow@ (@@iow@)1569261418.0
@News12BX She has her little back pack on. All ready for school. The people are amazing. Saving the little girl. Ho… https://t.co/Hk6FUe82cG— Spinning bird (@Spinning bird)1569287670.0
Paramedics reported the father dead at the scene, but Twitter was incredibly glad the little girl emerged miraculously unscathed.
@nytimes @nyc_erik I feel so sorry for this man that he thought he had no other way out. It’s heartbreaking. But in… https://t.co/lz3pu8Gt9P— 🐞 (@🐞)1569279009.0
@nytimes He might have his reasons to do this to himself, but to the kid? Poor little girl.. how can we help her?— SabrinaLi (@SabrinaLi)1569280193.0
Even in the midst of tragedy, brave people and lifesaving miracles still exist.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
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