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!

Wish to help pay Anaiah's family pay her medical bills? Contact United Bank at Madison, Georgia


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  • animallover123
    animallover123Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm
    i feel so bad for her
    • animallover123
      animallover123Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm
      • animallover123
        animallover123Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm
        its so sad that she broke both legs,fractured her neck,damaged her spleen and destroyed a kidney
        • beautifulgirl
          beautifulgirlMonday, October 27, 2014 at 5:11 pm
          What a nice sister :)
          • mlpfan8
            mlpfan8Monday, October 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm
            She's really cool!
            • fatoomalemon
              fatoomalemonMonday, October 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm
              What a brave girl,@ an age like that, risking her life for a sister. Her sister is lucky to have her!
              • peacheslarue
                peacheslarueMonday, October 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm
                There r no words to describe that brave act of selflesness
                • coolnicki477
                  coolnicki477Monday, October 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm
                  i saw this on the news three years ago and she got a free trip to DisneyWorld because she saved her sister. She is a kind and strong sister.
                  • peacheslarue
                    peacheslarueMonday, October 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm
                    She tottally deserved it!
                  • tiana19149
                    tiana19149Monday, October 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm
                    That is the most heroic beautiful thing i have ever heard of.
                    • BlakeFriday, October 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm
                      I hope she is okay and I mean WOW.... I have no words that is an amazing act I am so glad she is alive best of wishes.




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