Check out footage from NBC’s The Today Show featuring the touching story of 9-year-old Anaiah Rucker who pushed her 5-year-old sister, Camry, out of the way as an oncoming truck came toward them on their way to the bus stop last month in Madison, Georgia.
Anaiah suffered a broken neck, lost a kidney and damaged her spleen. Her left leg was shattered so badly that it had to be amputated. But she did what she had to do to save her sister’s life by pushing her out of the way. She told NBC:
“She was too young to get hit like this. If she got hit … she would be probably gone forever.”
She went on to say she loved her little sister more than anything and that although she feels like a hero she doesn’t really deserve to be one. “I just saved her life,” she said.
Their mother, Andrea Taylor, who witnessed the whole event as she watched the girls go to the bus stop, said she wasn’t surprised by Anaiah’s actions: “She has a really, really big heart,” she said. Upon Anaiah’s release from the hospital, the community held a barbecue last week to help raise money for her medical bills and make the necessary renovations to make their home wheelchair accessible. The United Bank in Madison has also established a fund in Anaiah’s name to assist the family. Click here for contact info on how to make a donation.