A New Zealand boy’s grisly injury could have been worse if it weren’t for the actions of the quick-thinking bus driver who was parked outside his elementary school.
Wilbur Brown was sitting in his school bus outside Morrinsville Primary School when he saw the 10-year-old student impale himself on the handlebars of his scooter, puncturing his groin. The boy pulled out the handlebar, and Brown could see blood squirting from the wound.
Brown rushed to the boy, who was lying helpless on the ground. Brown warned him that what he was about to do would be painful. “I’m going to have to push in here and it may hurt you, but I have to do it,” Brown told the boy. Then, without another word, he shoved his fist into the boy’s wound to stop the bleeding.
Brown held his fist still and applied pressure for 25 minutes until an ambulance arrived. By the next day, the boy was walking again. Doctors confirmed that without Brown’s assistance, the boy would have lost his leg—or even his life. The boy’s parents hailed the bus driver as a hero. Most bystanders would probably have been too panicked to take such a gruesome action, but Wilbur Brown’s calm, level-headed thinking saved a young boy’s life.
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