After a brutal head-on collision, Amber and her 7-year-old son waited for rescue on the side of the road. They had no idea her husband would answer the call.
Texas firefighter Aaron Van Riper was dispatched to the gruesome car accident. The assistant fire chief was told a vehicle slid off the road after colliding head-on with a pickup truck.
He arrived at the scene only to discover his wife and young son were the vehicle’s passengers. Crushed from the front, the family’s sedan was mangled. The crash forced Amber head-first through the windshield, cracking the glass into thousands of pieces.
“It’s my family. My wife was laying there on the ground. [By] the look of the car, I don’t know how either one of them lived. There was nothing left of that car,” said Van Riper.
As the driver, Amber suffered a broken pelvis, fractured in five different locations. The couple’s 7-year-old was pinned inside the vehicle. The poor kid was stuck with both a broken leg and arm.
“Once I saw my son … I started going into a little bit of a panic mode,” Aaron said.
Thankfully, the fireman’s emergency training kicked in. In quick thinking, he pried his son from the car and worked tirelessly to stabilize the 7-year-old. Amber and her son were airlifted to a hospital in Houston where the mother underwent a nine hour surgery.
“She gave a thumbs-up to the doctor, but that’s the first time she showed signs of anything,” Aaron added.
After thoughtful prayers and warm wishes from the community, Aaron celebrated his wife and son’s miraculous recovery. The fireman was named a hero and the family was givien another chance at life.
Source: ABC News