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Good Samaritan Faces Thousands Of Dollars In Medical Bills

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Good Samaritan Faces Thousands Of Dollars In Medical Bills

CREATED May 14, 2014
by Marcus Washington

THOMPSONS STATION, Tenn. – It’s been three months since Ruth Wood was hit while helping a stranded driver on the side of the interstate. Medical bills have piled up and now others are reaching out to help this Good Samaritan.

Wood faces thousands of dollars in medical bills after suffering broken bones and nearly losing her leg.

"You say you would do it again, and I would, but having things taken away, that's the hard part," said Ruth Wood.

On February 15, Wood noticed a driver in distress on I-65 South near Cool Springs in Williamson County.

Officials with the Franklin Police Department said the incident happened when a she ran to the aid of a 19-year-old driver from Dickson who ran off the road and struck a pole after having a possible medical emergency. Once the truck crashed, she jumped into action.

"To make sure he had a pulse and to make sure he didn't bash his head," she said.

Within minutes, the 19-year-old driver had another seizure, this time hitting the gas pedal and crashing with Ruth in the bed of the truck.

"As much as I would do it again, I do it again every night when I close my eyes,” said Wood.

Since the accident, Wood said she still owes thousands of dollars after insurance.

Wood has medical insurance, but the driver did not have auto insurance, putting all the expenses on her family, which is an added stress for the 2013 college graduate.

"Now Sallie Mae is knocking at the door," she said.

Friends from California have been trying to keep her store, Pure Nutrition, afloat while she's recovering.

One of her customers is organizing a fundraiser at Ruth's store in Cool Springs where 100 percent of the money goes to Ruth.

"What happened to her, the tragedy that's occurred was just because she was trying to be a nice person. I'm just trying to return that to her and do anything I can to help her out," said customer Kim Ward.

While Wood says these efforts are a blessing, she also said it doesn't make the stress of recovery easier.

"It's the little things in life that make me upset because I can't do them; I can't get up and walk," said Wood.

She said doctors tell her a full recovery could take two years.

A “Spray Tan Done Right” fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pure Nutrition at 97 Seaboard Lane in Brentwood

The cost is $19.95 per tan and 100 percent of the money will go toward helping Wood and her family with medical costs.

If you would like to help Wood with a financial donation, visit GoFundMe.

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