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Falling tot didn't cry..I'm so happy I could catch her; BRIT TELLS OF HOL HEROICS.

Byline: GREIG BOX TURNBULL

THE cool-headed Brit who caught a toddler when she fell three floors from a hotel balcony said she was in the right place at the right time.

Helen Beard, 44, was on holiday with her family in Orlando, Florida, when near-tragedy struck.

She said: "The little girl didn't cry before or after the fall and I was just relieved to catch her. I am slightly overwhelmed.

"I am here to enjoy my holiday and I'm just glad to have been able to help. Everyone was very emotional after I caught her."

Jah-Nea Myles, 16 months old, struck a railing on the way down but survived without so much as a bruise.

Her 20-year-old mother Helena said: "I'm thanking the Lord above right now for saving my child's life. I'm also thanking that lady because she was an angel sent from Heaven."

Jah-Nea's miracle escape happened on Wednesday night, when she was being looked after by her mother's friend Dominique Holt in an adjoining room at the EconoLodge hotel.

Miss Holt, who admitted that the door may have been left open a crack, said Jah-Nea must have crept out when she went to use the bathroom, then managed to slip through railings on the balcony.

Mrs Beard, from Worksop, Notts, told police officers she was by the pool at around 11pm when she looked up and saw a child hanging from the railing.

She dashed underneath and watched as little Jah-Nea fell about 30ft.

As other tourists screamed, Mrs Beard held out her arms and caught the little girl. She slipped out and hit the ground but Mrs Beard picked her up and held her until paramedics arrived.

Her mum, from Longwood, Florida, heard screaming and rushed out to the balcony.

A witness said: "There was a lot of screaming. You knew that something major, major was wrong."

The toddler was taken to hospital as a precaution.

A spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office described it as a "miracle"

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2011
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