Harman Singh, a 22-year-old Sikh, was at his home in New Zealand when he suddenly heard the screeching sounds of a car. He went outside to inspect the scene and found a young boy on the ground. The child had been hit by a car, The New Zealand Herald reported.
Singh, originally from India, is in New Zealand taking a business course, according to The Daily Mail. As soon as he observed the young Daejon Pahia bleeding from his head, he quickly removed his turban to place it underneath him.
Singh was joined by other neighbors as they waited with the injured child until his mother and emergency personnel arrived on the scene. Although Singh received a lot of praise for his actions, he explains he was only doing what was right.
"I wasn't thinking about the turban," he told The New Zealand Herald. "I was thinking about the accident and I just thought, 'He needs something on his head because he's bleeding.' That's my job--to help...and I think anyone else would have done the same as me."
Pahia was walking to school with his older sister when he was hit, The New Zealand Herald reported. It was initially believed he suffered life-threatening head injuries but reportedly, he was later observed to be in stable condition.
Singh saw a child in need and didn't hesitate to help. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Mukhtiar Singh, a relationship executive at Sikh Youth Australia, agreed that Singh was exercising his basic "humanity," which is indeed in line with his faith.
"For us the turban is a very, very important component and we don't take it off in public," Mukhtiar told The Sydney Morning Herald. "In circumstances like what happened in New Zealand, we also practise humanity. It was very, very important to save the child."
Then came a sweet reunion.
Singh reunited with Pahia and his family at the hospital and took heartwarming pictures to capture the event. The child's mother, Shiralee Pahia, was overwhelmed with gratitude. She told The New Zealand Herald that "if it wasn't for him my son wouldn't be here."
Singh has received thousands of messages and comments on his Facebook page but as he told the Daily Mail, he was just acting on human instinct.
"Thousands of people have said 'well done'. I was only doing what I had to and trying to be a decent member of the community."