Grandmother sacrifices herself to save baby

RESCUE: Emergency crews recover the baby shielded in landslide by grandmother Pan Guofen.
RESCUE: Emergency crews recover the baby shielded in landslide by grandmother Pan Guofen.

A woman in China is being hailed as a hero after she was killed trying to save her baby granddaugther from a massive slip.

Pan Guofen died while shielding the 15-month-old, called Wei, from being crushed by a landslide that slammed into their house in Sichuan province.

The child was trapped in the rubble for seven hours before rescuers managed to dig her out.

 

Rescuers said the grandmother used her body to protect the child against a large concrete slab, forming an arch by kneeling on all fours, her hands clenched into fists.

The child was safely ensconced under the arch but her grandmother's head was crushed by a brick and did not survive, the reports said.

Torrential rain has triggered floods and landslides in Sichuan and other parts of China in recent days.

AP