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Mother searching for 'guardian angel' who helped son after crash

Posted January 15, 2016
Updated January 16, 2016

— Lukas Iorio was involved in a motorcycle accident at the corner of South Miami Boulevard and Page Road on Nov. 20 that could’ve taken his live, but a nurse that happened to be close by started performing CPR.

Irio, 33, suffered broken ribs and a pierced lung, but the head injury he sustained is what has troubled him most after the accident.

“At times, we have moments of clarity,” said Iorio’s mother, Stephanie. “But for the most part, he’s pretty confused.”

Stephanie Iorio says she’s convinced her son would have died at the scene if it wasn’t for their ‘guardian angel’ in royal blue scrubs.

“She not only gave us our son, she gave my new granddaughter her daddy back,” Iorio said.

Lukas Iorio welcomed a daughter, Giada Hope Iorio, into the world on Thursday.

Iorio said they hoped to name her after the woman who saved her father.

“I do not know what I will say to her, but I know I have to do something special for her,’ she said.

The Iorio family located their 'guardian angel'—Vicki deDeugd—and plan to meet with her on Sunday.

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  • Tom Slaughter Jan 16, 2016
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    There are several reasons that one stopping to help would not want to be identified. I was an EMT for years and on a Rescue Squad. I have stopped at numerous accidents, etc. to render aid, both locally and out of the area. In each instance I did not give my name, address, etc. Why? Because I was/am trained in certain life saving techniques and feel it is my obligation to render aid whenever possible. I don't do it for the 'pat on the back' that so many have today. Also there have been numerous lawsuits arise where someone stopped to render aid, and then the family, or victim, later sued the responder for what they perceived as improper care resulting in further injury, etc., often on the advice of money hungry lawyers. Nowadays it seems that someone stopping would, if possible, take a selfie of themselves saving the life, or have someone else take the photo so it could be put on Facebook, etc. That is narcissism. I just thank God that the nurse stopped and performed CPR.