From hero to permanent citizen: Malian granted citizenship for heroic act to save child

From hero to permanent citizen: Malian granted citizenship for heroic act to save child

- 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama risked his life to save a toddler hanging from a 5-floor balcony

- His heroism was shared with the world when a video was released showing his bravery

- Gassama has been awarded honorary citizenship and a medal for honour for his courage

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When Mamoudou Gassama set the social world alight with his brave Spiderman act, he did not expect his heroism to help accomplish his dream of becoming a French citizen.

The 22-year old also met with the president of France Emmanuel Macron and was applauded for his bravery.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on how Gassama risked his life to save a 4-year-old child who was in danger of falling to death from a 5th floor balcony.

According to the report, the young man risked his life this Sunday to save a toddler from certain death. He is a Malian immigrant and a hero in every sense. He risked his life without thinking twice and he remains humble about his heroic deed.

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Now Gassama has been granted honorary French citizenship by the French president.

When Gassama met with the president he told him about his wish to become a legal French citizen and now that wish has been granted.

Mamoudou Gassama has been given the nickname "the Spiderman of Paris" - after the superhero he resembled when he acted so courageously.

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The president not only thanked Gassama for saving a child's life, he also awarded the young man a medal for courage. According to reports, Gassama will be made a fireman as well.

Gassama humbly spoke about what he did:

I did not think, I saved him.
When I took him in my arms, I spoke with him and asked: 'Why did you do that?' But he did not answer.

According to the French authorities, the child's parents left him alone at home. The father will be questioned on suspicion of leaving his child unattended.

The child's mother was not in the country at the time of the incident.

Mamoudou Gassama is an inspirational young man that deserves any goodwill that comes his way.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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