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Woman was pinned under her car for hours, she never could have guessed who her knight in shining arm

POSTED: May 19, 2017 11:19 a.m.
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This horrific accident was so close to becoming fatal.

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Natalie Ritter was driving a quad bike around her family’s property in Australia, when she drove down a hill and lost control. The bike flipped several times before coming to a complete stop, about 330 feet off the highway.

The accident left Natalie with her leg pinned under the bike. Medical staff later found that she had one severe fracture and several serious lacerations.

Her four-year-old daughter, Georgia Witter, witnessed the horrific accident from nearly a quarter-mile away at the family's house. She immediately ran to the aid of her mother, slipping and scratching her face along the way.

She tended to her mother for a few minutes before running back home to call emergency services.

“Georgia had just been learning about [emergency services] at preschool, and I reckoned it saved Natalie’s life,” said David Ritter, Georgia’s uncle. “It was a massive task for a little girl.”

It took almost three hours for emergency services to rescue Natalie, and most of the skin and muscles from her entire right leg had been sheared away.

“It was the worst farm accident I’ve ever seen,” David said.

Natalie remained conscious throughout the ordeal and was flown to a hospital in a stable, but serious condition.

Despite her brave actions, Georgia said she did not see herself as a hero.

“I just wanted to help my mummy,” Georgia said.

Chief Inspector John Sullivan said Natalie would have died if it weren’t for her daughter’s rescue. He is in the process of writing out a recommendation for Georgia to be recognized for her act of bravery by the Royal Humane Society of NSW.


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