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Henderson family searches for Samaritan in scrubs

Posted November 16, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014

— John Nelson has a message for the woman he believes saved his 9-year-old granddaughter’s life.

His granddaughter, Jayla Owen, remained in intensive care at Duke University Hospital Sunday after she was hit by a car near the intersection of Deerfield Farms and Martin Luther King roads, near Henderson, in Warren County on Thursday.

Jayla had exited her school bus and was checking the mail when a driver swerved to miss her, but ended up hitting her.

“And for her vitals and everything to be where they are right now, knowing her, she’s a fighter,” Nelson said.

As Jayla laid on the ground, Nelson said a woman in medical scrubs showed up and cared for the girl before paramedics arrived.

"(The paramedic’s) exact words were that ‘The woman did everything she had to do, that she was supposed to do, to give her a fighting chance,’” Nelson said.

The woman left before anyone could get her name.

Nelson has a message for that woman.

“Look ma’am, come forth so we can find out who you are because I have hugs and thanks for what you’ve done,” he said.

The driver was not charged.


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  • icdumbpeople Nov 17, 2014

    Silent Angels. The best kind.

  • Barbara Horton Nov 17, 2014
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    Many people do not know that this often does not apply if you are a medical professional, even if you stop to help in an emergency situation. However, many medical professionals stop anyway because its in our nature. I bet she doesn't come forward. She knows now (through the news) the girl is still alive because of her efforts. I would think that would be enough for her... It would be enough for most of us. Thank heavens she was there!

  • andreanicole686 Nov 17, 2014

    I don't know why the driver wasn't charged. Thankfully the woman was there to help this little girl. I hope she pulls through.

  • iopsyc Nov 17, 2014

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    Luckily, North Carolina has a Good Samaritan law.
    N.C.G.S. § 20-166, Section d states: "Any person who renders first aid or emergency assistance at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on any street or highway to any person injured as a result of the accident, shall not be liable in civil damages for any acts or omissions relating to the services rendered, unless the acts or omissions amount to wanton conduct or intentional wrongdoing."

  • mramorak Nov 17, 2014

    You just never know if someone out there is going to sue you for helping or not!
    Thank goodness for the women in scrubbs!