Heart-stopping footage of a desperate mother tossing her children from the fourth floor of a burning building in China.
A fire broke out on the fifth floor of an apartment building in Xuchang, Henan province in China on Friday, trapping a woman and her 3-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son, according to the New York Post.
In a video clip which has gone viral on social media, thick smoke is seen streaming out of the apartment windows as a crowd that has gathered on the ground watches tensely.
The mother is seen tossing blankets and bedsheets out of a window, which several men in the crowd instantly grab to form a makeshift cushion for the family to land on were they to jump.
The mother then places her son on the window ledge, before dropping him to the ground.
Onlookers scream as the boy falls – but he lands safely in the bedsheets.
Assured that her son is safe, the woman then dangles her daughter out the window. With encouragement from the crowd, she lets go of the girl. The toddler also lands safely.
The mother’s quick-wittedness helped save her two young children from a fiery death. Unfortunately, it cost her own life.
It is believed that in the final moments after saving her children with the help of bystanders on the ground below, she was overcome by the smoke, lost consciousness and died.
After showing the two children safely caught by the crowd, the footage cuts to firefighters arriving on the scene to rescue the woman.
The courageous mother was rushed to hospital with her two children she was pronounced dead after succumbing to smoke inhalation.