Family seeks mystery Good Samaritan who may have saved woman's life
This photo shows a firefighter in the backseat holding Mary Ruth Breedlove's neck after the mystery person left.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
A Midlands man is looking for the woman he says may have saved his mother's life. Chris McDonald has used any and all means to find the Good Samaritan, but hasn't had much luck.
His mother, Mary Ruth Breedlove, still needs help with the details surrounding her accident. The pain, though, is still clear.
"There's no way you can describe it," said Breedlove, "horrible, horrible, horrible pain."
It was Halloween, and she'd just come from dinner and shopping with a friend at the Village at Sandhill when another car ran into her.
Breedlove's car was hit on the driver's side, pinning her in. The pain and panic were immediate, but she wouldn't be alone for long."
"All of a sudden, this face appears at the passenger side. She put her hands [around my neck] and it had to be at least 15 - 20 minutes before EMS got there, and she held me, with pressure, all during that time," said Breedlove. "I could feel her arms quivering, so I knew she was struggling.
But this woman, who told Breedlove she was an EMT, left before anyone got her name.
"I did say thank you, but not properly," said Breedlove.
Breedlove had a fractured vertebrae and says she was panicked and wanted out of the car. The stranger said no, and in holding her still, may have kept Breedlove's spine, and life, intact.
McDonald set out to find the Good Samaritan, calling EMS, the fire department, Village security, but no one could help. Now he's posting on Facebook, looking for the family hero.
"We sort of take for granted in every day life that everyone's always going to be around and be healthy," said McDonald. "Fortunately, we had a very, very good and caring person who did this for my mom, and we're extraordinarily thankful and want to thank her for that."
McDonald was able to head home Monday, where she'll spend Thanksgiving thanking a stranger who she hopes to meet again soon.
"I could've been paralyzed for life, or even killed. So I think she really saved my life," said McDonald. "I hope we find her."
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
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