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Gravesend heroine who rescued child from busy Valley Drive road breaks silence

A 'humble heroine' who saved a young boy running towards a busy road has broke her silence after the dramatic rescue.

The mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, recalled the heart-stopping moment she raced down a Gravesend road to grab a young child who was sprinting towards traffic.

The rescue happened between Valley Drive and Hillside Avenue just before 8pm last Friday.

WATCH: Good Samaritan rushes into road to save child

Speaking exclusively to KentOnline, the heroine said: "I did what anyone else would've done and just got out of the car as quickly as possible to grab the little boy.

"I waited with him and his brothers until police came and his mother was found. It was all just a shock at the time and the adrenaline took over me.

"After it was all over I went home and cried about everything that happened. It was a blur."

"It's been really nice to see everyone's comments about what happened." - 'Humble heroine' who saved the young boy

The Good Samaritan has said she will only come forward if the child's family do as well, adding that she doesn't want them to get any sort of abuse.

She said: "It was a total accident, we've all done it. The boys brothers were so upset, so I waited with them.

"If the family comes forward then so will I. I'd like to be reunited with them if they wanted to.

A young boy was pictured running down a Gravesend Road (12698346)
A young boy was pictured running down a Gravesend Road (12698346)

"It's been really nice to see everyone's comments about what happened."

Footage of the rescue was captured on camera and shows the moment the child was seen running alone in the road.

After spotting the child, the woman leapt out of her car, leaving her door wide open and running at full-pelt to rescue the escapee.

The heroic woman walking back with the young child in Gravesend (12698343)
The heroic woman walking back with the young child in Gravesend (12698343)

She then grabbed the tot in her arms, rushing them back to safety as approaching cars emerge on camera.

The woman takes the child across to the pavement next to her car, and appears to call police from her mobile.

A young man, believed to be the child’s brother, then sprints towards the pair, throwing his arms around them in relief.

A woman was captured saving a child on CCTV in Valley Drive, Gravesend (12482281)
A woman was captured saving a child on CCTV in Valley Drive, Gravesend (12482281)

The heroic woman's mother recently came forward to praise her daughter, saying: "It was her mother's instinct that kicked in. That is her personality.

"She is a very caring person, and she took it all in her stride."

On the Gravesend Messenger Facebook page, another posted: “Some heroes don’t wear capes. This one deserves a medal.”

Police spokesman Sally Smith said: "We received a report at 7.51pm on Friday that a child had been found alone in the street.

"The child was reunited with its mother shortly after the incident."

The youngster and his family are yet to be identified.

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