A Florida mother says angels surrounded two of her sons the moment her 9-year-old rushed to save his baby brother as he fell off a changing table.
A dramatic video shows the moment that could have ended in tragedy for Tila Levi’s 11-month-old son, Eitan. On Sept. 29, the 35-year-old Bal Harbour resident was changing Eitan’s diaper when she turned to answer a homework question her 6-year-old son, Zion, asked her.
Levi’s back was only turned for seconds before Eitan manages to roll over from his back to his belly, one of his legs dangling over the edge of the changing table before he tumbles over.
That’s when one of Levi’s older sons, Joseph, just happened to be walking by in the hallway, the mother of five told ABC News. He told his mother he felt as if an “angel pushed” him into his twin siblings’ room to catch his baby brother, who he can barely pick up off the ground.
The video shows Joseph rushing to scoop Eitan as he falls. The baby’s legs hit the ground, but Joseph was able to catch his upper body, preventing his head from hitting the wood floor.
“My baby had an angel by his side,” she said. “…Thank God it was a happy ending.”
Little Eitan made it without a scratch, Levi said. But Joseph was shaken up after the incident. After the fall, Levi spent several moments embracing them both.
Joseph’s grandparents wanted to reward him for the heroic act, but he turned down their offer for a gift, saying it was enough that he was able to save his youngest brother.
At first, Levi was too embarrassed to share the “intimate” family moment with anyone. But three days later, on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, her husband sent it to all of the couple’s family and friends to let them know they were “starting the year off with a miracle.”
The video, taken on a high-tech baby monitor that saves videos to a smartphone app, went viral last week after Levi decided she wanted to “change the tone of the day” following the election.
“In just one moment our lives could change forever,” Levi wrote on Nov. 9. “A miracle occurred right before my eyes.”
Levi said she wanted to share her story to emphasize that parents go through similar ordeals every day. She also urged parents to “enjoy” their kids and “protect them” as much as they can.