Brave Nine-Year Old's Heroic Act Saves Sister

By Meera Dolasia on March 24, 2011

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To say that nine-year old Anaiah Rucker is a hero is an understatement, because there are truly no words to describe this young girl, who saved her younger sister from sure death, while putting her own life on the line.

February 4th, 2011 began as a typical morning in the Rucker household. After breakfast, Anaiah and her five year-old sister Camry, left for the school bus stop, situated across their house, while their mother watched from the balcony.

It was raining heavily, so both girls had their hoodies on, which is probably the reason they did not notice a truck that was approaching, as they tried to run across the road.

By the time Anaiah saw it from the corner of her eye, it was too late to prevent an impact - However, it was not too late to save her sister from fatal injury. Without giving it a second thought, Anaiah pulled Camry out of harm's way, and ended up bearing the entire brunt of the impact herself.

The nine-year old collapsed on the ground and stopped breathing for a few minutes. Fortunately, Loretta Berriman, a school bus driver who had watched the horrifying event as it unfolded, ran to her rescue and performed CPR, until she felt a heart beat.

The two sisters were rushed to the hospital, where young Camry was declared free from major injury. Anaiah, on the other hand, had broken both her legs, fractured her neck, damaged her spleen and destroyed a kidney.

Surgeons worked for over ten hours to save the big-hearted girl's life, and while they were able to repair her right leg and neck, her left leg was too shattered and had to be amputated the day following her accident. It took a month of rehabilitation before this brave little girl was released from the hospital and brought home to a heroes' welcome by her schoolmates and other residents of Madison.

Despite her severe injuries, Anaiah doesn't believe that she did anything heroic, because if she hadn't taken the hit, her little sister would have probably not survived, which, would have been worse. What an amazing big sister!

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  • nehaMonday, August 24, 2015 at 1:46 am
    thats like a good girl
    • karyme gonzalezMonday, August 10, 2015 at 10:31 am
      this is a really sad story because she was destroed
      • summerstarTuesday, July 7, 2015 at 12:04 pm
        Aniah you are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo brave so glad you survived yourself! Aniah loves Camry a lot too, I figured. ( Isn't that obvious! )
        • smartfox
          smartfoxTuesday, June 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm
          • pupayy
            pupayyTuesday, June 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm
            So sweet! SO glad they could make it out alive. I wish you the best Aniah!!!!!! :-)
            • dragoncat
              dragoncatTuesday, June 16, 2015 at 1:07 pm
              o0o I am so glad they survived! That was really selfless of her.
              • cile
                cileTuesday, June 9, 2015 at 8:57 am
                very brave
                • ...Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:21 am
                  And generous enough also
                  • ...Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7:15 am
                    She has all the powers to be a hero, kindness, caring,bravery, and amazingnes. She is one kind 9 year old. I would do the same to my 12 year old sister. I may be young but I can still be kind and generous to my sister and do my best to save my sister and dad and mom even if I am little miracles can happen to me and my family and I would sacrifice myself for them even though I am the third er fourth youngest in the family! (I am 9)
                    • pupayy
                      pupayyTuesday, June 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm
                      I would do the same too @...
                    • alenu
                      alenuThursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:53 am
                      Wow, I don't belive that she did that. I would do the same for my sister or my brother.

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