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Hero Dad Left Fighting for His Life After Falling from Balcony To Save His Young Son

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The story of an Australian father who took the brunt of a nasty fall in order to save his young son is touching hearts across the globe.

It all started with a simple father and son game of playing Nerf guns outside.

Brad Lewis, 42, was outside on a balcony when he dodged a few bullets that his son, Oscar, hurled his way.

Children are impulsive, and Oscar quickly scampered to the edge of the balcony to follow the bullet trail. In an instant, Lewis realized that Oscar was tumbling over the balcony, and he dove forward to stop him.

“Brad was close enough to see what was happening, lunged at Oscar and managed to grab him,” wrote family friend Annie Kendall on a GoFundMe page.

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“But with Brad’s speed and weight headed in Oscar’s direction in the hope of saving him, they both ended up going over the balcony.”

Things did not end well for Oscar, who ended up with a concussion and bruising on his brain.

The little boy is still dealing with lingering fear and trauma from the ordeal, not leaving his mother’s side since returning home from the hospital.



But Oscar’s father was far worse off, having cushioned the fall for his little boy with his own body. Lewis sustained major head and neck injuries, including injuries to his skull, brain, and spinal cord.

“During the fall, Brad recalls that he made sure he pinned Oscar to his chest and curled around him so that he could take the brunt of the impact — not Oscar,” Kendall said.

Doctors were stunned that Lewis, who will remain hospitalized for an extended period of time, was alive at all.

“If not for Brad’s heroic actions it is unlikely that his son, Oscar, would have been so lucky,” Kendall said.

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Life for the Lewis family will look different from now on.

While the financial obstacles are mounting and Lewis’ health is hanging in the balance, an outpouring of community support has left the Lewis family feeling encouraged.

Supporters see Lewis as a hero for sacrificing himself on behalf of Oscar.

A father’s heart beats strongly for his children, and we wish this family all the best as they recover together.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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