A 10-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after paramedics say he suffered a life threatening fall while trying to reach a mango in a tree.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the child fell 18 feet and landed on a fence with spikes on it that are several inches long. Paramedics said the child suffered several puncture wounds on his torso — including one near his heart — and a cut on his face near his eye.
First responders say a Good Samaritan — Prince Moore — saved the child’s life.
Moore said he was washing a car just a few feet from where the boy fell.
“I was shocked from seeing him and I yelled, ‘Aah! Call 911,’” Moore said.
He said his instincts then took over.
“I had got my t-shirt and pulled it off of me and wrapped it around his chest and hold my hand over that hole so the blood don’t rush out,” he said. “He don’t lose too much, but he lost a lot of blood, but he’s doing good though now.”
Moore is a close family friend of the boy who he identified as Angel Dotel. Paramedics with Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue said if Moore had not been there, it might have been a different outcome.
“Those moments that he took to stop and address those injuries were absolutely paramount,” said Lt. Scott Pollard.
Paramedics took the child to Memorial Regional in Hollywood. They said the child was alert and talkative during the ride to the hospital.
“He was a brave strong kid,” Pollard said. “He did a great job.”
The boy’s older brother, Kelvin Encarnacion, is grateful to Prince Moore for his life saving actions.
“The stuff on the gate missed all the important stuff on his body, like his heart, his lung and all that,” Encarnacion said.
Encarnacion said doctors told the family Angel might be home in about 5 days.
The owner of the property near the tree said he wants this tree to come down.