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Friend: Good Samaritan hit helping dog always thinking of others

Posted October 27, 2015

— Friends of a Durham woman who was critically injured when she was hit by a car while trying to help a dog said they are not surprised by her actions.

Chloe Dorin has known Stephanie Wilson for six years and has always known her friend to be a giving person.

“She has worked not only as an animal rescuer, but as a volunteer doula, a volunteer rape crisis counselor, and volunteer domestic violence counselor,” said Dorin. “Her heart is driven by a love of the underdog.”

Wilson was hit by an SUV more than a week ago while trying to assist a dog that had also been struck by a car. She’s been in critical condition at a local hospital ever since.

“She has always put all of her time and her energy into helping anyone or anything in a worse situation than she has,” said Dorin.

Wilson, the owner of two cats and three dogs, is being viewed by many as a selfless hero. Friends said that even from the hospital bed, Wilson is only thinking about others even though she is in need of help herself.

“When they took her tube out a day or two ago…[the doctors] kind of talked to her about what happened and she said ‘alright, I have to go. I have a lot of things to do’ and then asked her mom if she needed anything,” said Dorin.

Dorin said that Wilson’s recovery is expected to take about a year, but doctors said that she is progressing nicely. Her friends are watching after her pets and will try to get permission to bring one to the hospital.

Friends have set up a Youcaring fundraising page to help Wilson.


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  • Amanda Callahan Oct 28, 2015
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    I accidentally typed her friend's name, Chloe! haha
    May she continue to get well quickly, you are an awesome human Stephanie!

  • Amanda Callahan Oct 28, 2015
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    First of all, you must have zero idea of what being a hero entails. So let's begin by posting the definition of a hero.

    A hero, is a person or character who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage, bravery or self-sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good; a man or woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities.

    so as you can see by the definition, in the face of danger, she showed great bravery and courage to act for the greater good to help a living creature out of a dire situation. Whether or not she succeeded is not important. Self sacrifice, how much more heroic and noble can you get?
    But hardly, someone with such a cowardly reply to this story wouldn't know much about that, now would they Ray Smythe?

    May she continue to get well quickly, you are an awesome human Chloe!

  • Ray Lee Smythe Oct 28, 2015
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    That's not a hero. Who or what did she save?

  • Sonja Yagel Oct 27, 2015
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    She has a heart of gold. May God bless this kind young lady with fast and complete healing.