Teenage neighbour saves toddler from burning Southampton home

Daily Echo: Nelson Fonangwan with the family of two-year-old Adam Nelson Fonangwan with the family of two-year-old Adam

A TEENAGER has been hailed a hero after he saved the life of a toddler trapped inside a burning home.

Brave Nelson Fonangwan smashed his way into the Southampton house and ran through thick black billowing smoke to reach two-year-old Adam.

He scooped up the tot and gave him to his distraught mother - before he went back into the building to take the burning pan off the stove.

The child's mother Aneta Jedlikoswka branded him a “hero” saying “there are not enough words to say thank you.”

The drama unfolded when mum-of-two Aneta took some bins out while cooking breakfast but became locked out when strong winds slammed the front door shut.

The meat she was cooking continued to smoulder and the smoke became black and dense.

Her only son Adam was in the living room of the house in Romsey Road, Shirley , and was peering out at her through the window and knocking on the glass.

In a frantic attempt to reach her baby boy she began punching at the double glazed kitchen window.

Her 16-year-old neighbour Nelson, who was asleep in bed, heard her desperate screams and dashed out to help while his mother called 999.

The pupil at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College battled his way through the window and crawled in to reach the tot.

He said: “I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The lady had punched the glass and created a perfect hole. She had cut herself and she was bleeding. She was obviously hurting but all she was thinking about was her baby.

“She didn't speak good English and she pointed to me inside the house and said 'baby', I knew I had to do something so that's when I helped by breaking the rest of the glass and I went in and got the baby.

“The smoke was really thick you couldn't even breathe, I don't know how the baby was coping because I was choking. I didn't think too much because it was frantic but once I heard baby I thought I have to do this. I was a bit nervous though because it was fire.

“When I brought her baby out, she was really relieved her arm was really bad she hugged him tight.”

Firefighters, police and paramedics were all on the scene and the road was partially closed.

Aneta was rushed to Southampton General Hospital where she had an operation for two damaged tendons in her hand.

The 32 year old said she was relieved her baby was brought to safety thanks to Nelson's courageous actions.

She said: “It was a relief. I was so happy to be reunited and happy he was not inside anymore. There was lots of smoke and it could have been so dangerous. I can't thank him enough.”

Nelson, who is originally from Cameroon in west Africa and is studying health and social care, maths, English and PE with the ambition of becoming a nurse, even went to college the same day.

Nelson's principal Alice Wrighton, said: "We're all so proud of Nelson for his brave actions. We know that we have fantastic young people here at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, and Nelson has really demonstrated that this week. It's great to know that one of our students took life saving actions quickly, and helped to prevent what could have been a real tragedy."

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1:03pm Sat 29 Sep 12

J.P.M says...

Well done young man - a great act of courage.
Well done young man - a great act of courage. J.P.M

1:11pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

We need more people in the world like him, good work Nelson.
We need more people in the world like him, good work Nelson. Ginger_cyclist

1:25pm Sat 29 Sep 12

MGRA says...

awesome....carlsberg don't do neighbours but if they did......
awesome....carlsberg don't do neighbours but if they did...... MGRA

1:41pm Sat 29 Sep 12

jonnyx says...

well done that man - good to see a positive story in the media about young people for once.
well done that man - good to see a positive story in the media about young people for once. jonnyx

2:33pm Sat 29 Sep 12

1612 amanda says...

Such a couragous thing to do...putting the toddler first and saving his life. What a fantastic young man x
Such a couragous thing to do...putting the toddler first and saving his life. What a fantastic young man x 1612 amanda

3:12pm Sat 29 Sep 12

margie933 says...

What a brave young man! One very lucky youngster he was around. Well done to him. Nelson you deserve a bravery award.X
What a brave young man! One very lucky youngster he was around. Well done to him. Nelson you deserve a bravery award.X margie933

3:22am Sun 30 Sep 12

SotonGreen says...

Where are the idiots who pollute these pages normally with their tales of useless immigrants now then ?

A true hero and a credit to his parents and his new home.
Where are the idiots who pollute these pages normally with their tales of useless immigrants now then ? A true hero and a credit to his parents and his new home. SotonGreen

3:29pm Sun 30 Sep 12

IronLady2010 says...

Well done young man, 16 years old and a hero. Good on you! x
Well done young man, 16 years old and a hero. Good on you! x IronLady2010

12:42am Wed 3 Oct 12

C2OPPY says...

SotonGreen wrote:
Where are the idiots who pollute these pages normally with their tales of useless immigrants now then ?

A true hero and a credit to his parents and his new home.
this guy actually attends the collage in the hope of getting qualified and finding a decent job unlike 95% of people given citizenship
funny how is neighbour Aneta Jedlikoswka doesn't speak very good english
think this highlights why idiots as you call them make the comments they do

very well done on saving the little man tho nelson
[quote][p][bold]SotonGreen[/bold] wrote: Where are the idiots who pollute these pages normally with their tales of useless immigrants now then ? A true hero and a credit to his parents and his new home.[/p][/quote]this guy actually attends the collage in the hope of getting qualified and finding a decent job unlike 95% of people given citizenship funny how is neighbour Aneta Jedlikoswka doesn't speak very good english think this highlights why idiots as you call them make the comments they do very well done on saving the little man tho nelson C2OPPY

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