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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  • AriWednesday, January 25, 2017 at 9:42 pm
    That is so awesome, she is such a great sister. I don't know how to explain how much I think this is great, sweet, and awesome.
    • fade
      fadeTuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:47 pm
      Wow. How beautiful. It shows the love between two siblings. It was devastating that Anaiah suffered from so many injuries.
      • ihatemylifeWednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6:34 am
        so depressing i cried when i read that she was a hero because shes not shes just a nine year old oh boo hoo so sad
        • fisykaledy
          fisykaledyWednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:39 am
          so sad i feel realy bad for her sadd
          • 2002hotchick13
            2002hotchick13Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 3:23 am
            This still has me bawling - and it's the second time I've read it! I think, "What if that had been me? Would I have saved the little sister" and in my case, it's my brother. "Would I save my brother?" It leaves me feeling sad thinking I could not do that. I am not as brave as nine-year old Anaiah Rucker. I agree that she is a hero, no matter what she thinks of herself...
            • katzuki
              katzukiThursday, February 11, 2016 at 4:26 am
              Poor girl...
              • night_song
                night_songWednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:59 pm
                aww i loved the video!
                • arca-13
                  arca-13Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 8:38 am
                  That girl was being really brave and i hope that nothing bad ever happens to the both of them
                  • BreTuesday, December 15, 2015 at 10:12 am
                    This was so sweet to destroy her kidney and her spleen to save her little sisters life that was so cute i would of never thought of that but i give all my props and respect to this 14/15 year old girl today
                    • Percy PotterTuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:53 am
                      So brave of Anaiah to risk her life to save her sisters. She is very much respected.

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